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The London-born, Italy-based conductor Damian Iorio was raised in a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians. After studies in the UK and USA he started his musical career as a violinist and, while a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, studied conducting in St Petersburg.

He has worked with an impressive list of orchestras and opera companies including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Helikon Opera, Moscow, Norwegian Opera, Norrlands Opera, Sweden and many Italian opera houses.

His recording of Casella’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56 and Ghedini’s Concerto dell’albatro [Naxos 8.573180] was highly acclaimed by The Guardian (“fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio”) and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.

His interest in the creation of new music has led him to conduct several premières, collaborating closely with composers such as Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman. In Moscow he conducted the Russian première of Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. He enjoys working with young musicians and is currently music director of the National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2014 he became music director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra which is building a strong reputation as a core part of the cultural life in the cultural life throughout the borough.

Role: Conductor 
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