Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career assisting 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 that orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival.
Mr. Harding is the music and artistic director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Prior posts include music director of the Orchestre de Paris (2016–19) and principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (2007–17). He is honored with the lifetime title of conductor laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and in 2018 he was named artistic director of the Anima Mundi Festival.
Daniel Harding is a regular visitor to the Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala. In 2005 he opened the season at La Scala, conducting a new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo. He returned for Richard Strauss’s Salome (in 2007), a double bill of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero (2008), Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, for which he was awarded the prestigious Premio della Critica Musicale “Franco Abbiati” (2011), Verdi’s Falstaff (2013), and, most recently, Schubert’s Fierrabras (2018). He also conducted Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Berg’s Wozzeck at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Bavarian Staatsoper; Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Wiener Festwochen; and Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien.
In 2002 Daniel Harding was awarded the title Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and in 2017 he was nominated to the position of Officier Arts et Lettres. In 2012 he was elected a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. He is a qualified airline pilot.