Principal Guest Conductor, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa
“An amazing musician, an amazing conductor. On the one hand, he created passion, a musical game for skilful musicians and fire from all of the orchestra, on the other – a very professional conductor, one based on knowledge, education and intelligence and not just resulting from great passion and love for music” – Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio
Australian conductor, Daniel Smith, rapidly gained international acclaim after winning First Prize, the Golden Baton and the Orchestra’s Choice Prize, in UNESCO’s Fitelberg International Conducting Competition, as well as Second Prize in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and First Prize in the Luigi Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition along with the Orchestra’s Choice Prize in the Lutosławski International Conducting Competition.
Daniel Smith’s musicality, energy and spirit create an infectious rapport with musicians and audiences alike. Following his highly successful debut as the first Australian to conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, he also conducted the London Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, Italy’s RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, the Italian orchestras of Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Carlo Felice and Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Indianapolis Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony of Tokyo, South Netherlands Philharmonic, the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony, among others.
Daniel Smith has conducted at festivals including World Expo, Stars of the White Nights, Mozarteum Festspiele, Järvi Summer Festival, Estate Musicale Chigiana, Aspen Music Festival, Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, MiTo Festival and the Proms in Kraków.
Upcoming debuts include the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Teatro Comunale Orchestra in Bologna, at the Palau in Valencia, and his returns to the Teatro Carlo Felice Orchestra in Genoa, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic (Filharmonia Slaska), among others.
2013 marked Daniel Smith’s successful debuts at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Mariinsky Theatre, conducting Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.
His success as an opera conductor results from his experience with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma where he worked on main operatic repertoire including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Der Rosenkavalier, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Tosca and Wozzeck (alongside directors Giancarlo del Monaco and Franco Zeffirelli). Daniel has also conducted L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Der fliegende Holländer and La Rondine.
In 2017 he conducts L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, where in the same year he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor, followed by La Traviata in 2018 and the debut at Opera Australia with Il viaggio a Reims in 2019.
In March 2016, Daniel Smith launched his new charity foundation: “The Daniel Smith ‘Gift of Music’ Foundation”, personally purchasing and donating hundreds of tickets to those who could not normally attend due to financial constraint, terminal illness, blindness and disability.
Daniel Smith studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Hugh Wolff, Peter Gülke, Imre Palló and Harry Spence Lyth. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Fellowships from the Trinity College London, American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
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