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DAMIAN IORIO

Born in London into a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians, Damian Iorio is a dynamic and gifted conductor, and enjoys an international career. Having begun his professional life as a violinist, following studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University, Iorio went on to study conducting at St Petersburg State Conservatory while serving as a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Iorio has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Orchestras. His most recent credits include engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In summer 2018 Iorio returned to the Opéra national de Paris for Boris Godunov, also conducting Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. He has conducted Verdi’s Macbeth at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Puccini’s Turandot at the Bonn Opera and regularly appears at the Helikon-Opera in Moscow. He recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera conducting Die Zauberflöte. In 2014 he became music director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, helping the orchestra build a strong reputation as an integral part of cultural life in the city and surrounding region.

Iorio was previously artistic director and chief conductor of the Murmansk Philharmonic Orchestra where he was the catalyst of its success and growth in both opera and concert performances. Iorio is a passionate advocate for music education and has been involved in education projects with international orchestras. He is currently music director of the National Youth String Orchestra of the UK.

A champion of new music, Damian has conducted several world premieres, and has collaborated closely with composers including Tan Dun, Huw Watkins and Silvia Colasanti. He conducted the Russian premiere of Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, which received a nomination for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival. Iorio’s recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos (8.573748) was highly acclaimed by The Guardian and was awarded the prestigious ‘CHOC’ accolade by Le Monde de la Musique magazine. A recent release on Naxos with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (8.573613) was highly praised by Records International online. In 2006 Damian received the Knight of the Order of Sant’Agata from the Republic of San Marino in recognition for his services to music.

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