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Damian Iorio - Conductor

"Damian Iorio proved to be a great conductor. Flexible and gifted, he brought out the best in the music."

Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León - El Norte de Castilla review: reviewer, Emeliano Allende. 14 January 2017

This is Damian's third full season with Milton Keynes City Orchestra. He was raised in a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians in London. 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.

Damian has worked with an impressive list of orchestras and opera companies including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Opéra National de Paris, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the BBC orchestras, Orchestre National de Belgique, amongst many other engagements. He enjoys working with young musicians and is currently Music Director of the National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.

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”. He is a regular guest conductor at Helikon Opera in Moscow and this season conducts “Carmen”, “Falstaff” and “Siberia”. 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 has appeared at Bonn Opera for a production of Puccini's “Turandot”, conducted Norwegian Opera several times and also many Italian opera houses including Teatro Regio di Torino.

His recent recordings of Italian music on Naxos have been highly acclaimed by Gramophone and The Guardian (“fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio”), and awarded the prestigious "Choc" by Le Monde de la Musique. His latest recording with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI will be released in 2017.

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.

Media - Including Concert Videos & Opera Videos


Photos are available on Damian's website

Damian Iorio's Website

Videos - Concert

Mozart, Clemenza di Tito Overture (Orchestra Svizzera Italiana, March 14)
Mozart, Prague Symphony 4th Movement (Orchestra Svizzera Italiana, March 2014)
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)


"Damian Iorio developed Sibelius's second symphony, clarifying pastoral ideas in the first movement, bringing out the energy in the scherzo, intertwining ideas and enabling the orchestra to achieve results in the early movements before ending in a finale that brought a powerful, mighty triumph. Every challenge was overcome. Glinka's Overture to the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila provided a grand start to tonight's great concert."

Orchestra of Norrlandsoperan (Umeå): Västerbottens Kuriren, reviewer Bengt Hultman, 9 September 2016
“The conductor Damian Iorio led the singers, chorus and orchestra with an exemplary stick technique, bringing everyone to perform at the highest level. The conductor brought out the dramatic structure and minimised the score's flaws, getting the musical language to really contrast in all three acts. Iorio clearly knows the score in detail and conducted with a contagious spirit that everyone greatly enjoyed.”

Norrlandsoperan (Umeå): Weill / Brecht - The City of Mahagonny - Västerbottens Kuriren, reviewer Bengt Hultman, 9 October 2016