Mahler Chamber Orchestra honours Daniel Harding with the lifetime title of Conductor Laureate

MCO honours Daniel Harding with the lifetime title of Conductor Laureate

Alongside Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding is undoubtedly the conductor who has had the greatest influence on the MCO’s young history: first as Principal Guest Conductor, then as Music Director and since 2008 as Principal Conductor, he has been closely tied to the orchestra since its founding in 1997. Now, the orchestra has decided unanimously to give him the permanent title of Conductor Laureate.

Berlin, 19 August 2011 – At the age of 22, Daniel Harding shared with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra its international breakthrough only a few months after its founding with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the opera festival in Aix-en-Provence. Since then, he has conducted numerous concerts and operas – most recently the complete cycle of Brahms symphonies and Mahler’s Fourth symphony on an extensive tour in Europe and Asia in summer 2011, Verdi’s Otello and Berg’s Wozzeck – and he has stood on the conductor’s podium with the MCO on a total of 342 evenings. Numerous CD and DVD recordings document the longstanding collaboration.

After almost 15 years of artistic partnership, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has decided unanimously to give him the honorary lifetime title of Conductor Laureate. The orchestra expresses its deep gratitude to Daniel Harding for his friendship and dedication to the MCO and is happy to preserve the long-term bond with the new title. Several collaborations are already in planning for the years 2012 and 2013.

Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting Sir Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with which he made his professional debut in 1994. He went on to assist Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut with the orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival.

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