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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 makes his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in April 2015.  He already conducts orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, 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, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Iceland Symphony Orchestra.  His recent debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra saw re-invitations to each whilst last season’s debuts with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Noord Nederlands Orkest have also brought re-invitations as have this season’s debuts with Norrlands Operan (Sweden) and Sofia National Opera.  The current season sees returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi (Milan) and Helikon Opera in Moscow, amongst many other engagements.


Damian Iorio completed violin studies in Britain and the USA before becoming a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.  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.  He also enjoys working with many youth orchestras in Europe and he is Music Director of The National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.  During his time in Copenhagen he also studied conducting in St Petersburg before being appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Murmansk where he became the catalyst in its subsequent success and growth for both opera and concert.  In June 2014 it was announced he would become Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra which has already built a strong reputation in establishing itself as a valued arts resource and core part of the cultural life in the region and city.

Damian Iorio’s opera work has seen him conduct Verdi's “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Smetana's “The Bartered Bride” at Opera de Paris.  He made his US debut with Central City Opera in Colorado with Britten's “The Rape of Lucretia” which was much admired by the international press.  He has appeared at Bonn Opera conducting a production of Puccini's “Turandot” conducted for Norwegian Opera several times and also at many Italian opera houses that 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.


Damian Iorio was born in London to a family of Italian and English musicians and now lives in Italy with his young 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.

June 2014

Media - Including Concert Videos & Opera Videos

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)