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Daniel Harding

Daniel Harding

Conductor

British conductor Daniel Harding was born in Cambridge in 1975 and was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester; despite having no formal training as a conductor, he was taken on by Simon Rattle as his assistant at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the age of just 18 after sending him an unsolicited recording of a performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Shortly afterwards he was appointed as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Berliner Philharmoniker; he debuted with the orchestra aged 21, and became the youngest-ever conductor to appear at the BBC Proms later that year.

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Further Reading: Daniel Harding

 Recording of the Week, Matthias Goerne - The Wagner Project

German baritone Matthias Goerne offers a selection of monologues from Wagner's operas, accompanied by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

 Recording of the Week, Isabelle Faust performs Bartók Violin Concertos

Faust combines technical brilliance with a performance full of bite and character, and demonstrates a natural affinity with Daniel Harding and his orchestra, who offer vivid accompaniment throughout and no shortage of incisive rawness of their own where required.

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