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Damian Iorio - Conductor

"Damian Iorio ascended the podium of the most important symphony orchestra in Milan ..... creating a tangible sign of his presence ...... giving the young conductor the opportunity ...... he extracted all the colourful complexity of shades from the players required by the scores.."

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi / Fuori dall’Orbita - Maurizio Pancotti, 2 December 2013

Damian Iorio has his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in April 2015.  He has already worked with orchestras and opera companies that include Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Detroit Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Opéra National de Paris, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Oper Bonn, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (“Showing remarkable attention to detail and refinement of taste this charismatic and gifted young conductor captivated the audience.”), Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Norwegian Opera, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne with multiple re-invitations whilst recent successful debuts with Helikon Opera in Moscow and Norrlands Opera in Sweden have led to a strong relationship with both companies. Last season saw his debut with the BBC Scottish SO and this season a return to the London Philharmonic, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, his fifth return to the National Orchestra of Belgium plus debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales alongside his other engagements. He makes his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra next October.

Damian Iorio’s opera work has seen him conduct Verdi's “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Smetana's “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris where he returns in 2018 for “Boris Godunov”. Next season he conducts Weill’s “City of Mahagony” for NorrlandsOperan in Umeå.  He made his US debut with Central City Opera in Colorado in Britten's “The Rape of Lucretia” which was admired by the international press.  He appeared at Bonn Opera for a production of Puccini's “Turandot”, conducted Norwegian Opera several times and also many Italian opera houses which include Como (“… the Anglo-Italian conductor Damian Iorio, who led a Bohème that was as fascinating and full of colour as a painting by Renoir”), Teatro Regio di Torino, Brescia and Trento.  In St Petersburg he conducted Britten's “The Turn of the Screw” and, in Moscow, the Russian premiere of Michael Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” which was nominated for Best Opera Production at the 2004 Golden Mask Festival and more recently “Carmen” for Helikon Opera.


Damian Iorio was born in London into a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians. After studies in the UK and USA he started his musical career as a violinist and, whilst a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, studied conducting in St Petersburg. He lives in Italy with his family. In 2006 he received the Knight of the Order of Sant’Agata from the Republic of San Marino in recognition for his services to music. He has a wide range of repertoire which centres on the late romantic and early 20th century then to the earlier classical period and forward to the contemporary with his Italian/Anglo family background and Nordic/Russian periods being a clear, but not exclusive, influence.  His recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos 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 premieres, collaborating closely with composers such as Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman. He has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Murmansk where he was the catalyst of its success and growth in both opera and concert.  He enjoys working with young musicians and is Music Director of The National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.  In June 2014 he became Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra which is building a strong reputation in establishing itself as a valued arts resource and core part of the cultural life in the region and city.

January 2016

Media - Including Concert Videos & Opera Videos


Photos are available on Damian's website

Damian Iorio's Website

Videos - Concert

Respighi, Fountains of Rome (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 1st June 2012)
Shostakovich, 9th Symphony, 3rd Movement (Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, 18th July 2013)
Copland, Quiet City (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 1st June 2012)

Video - Opera

Puccini, Turandot, Finale 1st Act (Opera Bonn October 2010)

Puccini, Turandot, Aria Liù (Opera Bonn October 2010)

Puccini, Turandot, 1st Act (Opera Bonn October 2010)