“Exquisite, philological and charming. An incessant roar of applause.”GB Opera Magazine / Arena di Verona
“Five stars. Pinpoint precision. Magnificent.”The Argus / London Philharmonic Orchestra
“What pulse, what nerve, what tension, what fire he created!”Polish Radio 1
“One of the most outstanding musicians of our time.”Saint-Petersburg TV
“The best concert in thirty years; left many breathless and in tears.”Saskatoon Symphony
“Smith painted with the clarity of a Mondrian and the enthusiasm of a Van Gogh.”Dagblad De Limburger
“A river of emotion, which immersed the public.”Nice Matin
“One of the most sought after and applauded young conductors in the world.”Saint-Petersburg News
“The conductor everyone is talking about!”Sky News
“An experience that reaped an ecstatic ovation.”Berlingske Tidende
“Smith makes orchestra fly… The Australian conductor is enthralling!”l’Adige
“Uncomplicated joy in making music, expansive, courtly gestures, radiantly expressive energy.”The Argus / London Philharmonic Orchestra
“Amiable, honest, genuine and spontaneous as nobody else.”Polish Radio 1
“His execution and integrity – impeccable, faultless, irreproachable.”L’Arena
“A perfect production! As if the opera was written for him!”Ekaterina Gudkova / Mariinsky Theatre
“Daniel Smith is already being called the new Karajan.”Saint-Petersburg News

Biography

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. His third success was First Prize in the Luigi Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition along with the Orchestra’s Choice Prize in the Lutosławski International Conducting Competition.

Daniel’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 Orchestra, Italy’s National Symphony Orchestra RAI (Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai), Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra (Filharmonia Narodowa), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester), New Japan Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DR SymfoniOrkestret), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Göteborgs Symfoniker), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Teatro Carlo Felice, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, South Netherlands Philharmonic (Philharmonie Zuidnederland) and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra (Simfonijski orkestar Hrvatske radiotelevizije), among others.

Daniel 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, Kraków.

“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 1

Upcoming eagerly awaited debuts include the Czech Philharmonic (Ceská filharmonie), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro San Carlo and his immediate returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Silesian Philharmonic (Filharmonia Slaska) and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.

2013 marked Daniel’s debuts at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Mariinsky Theatre, conducting Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. (“A perfect production! And Daniel Smith.. it was as if the opera was written for him! The orchestra last night sounded amazing.” – Ekaterina Gudkova).

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 Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Der fliegende Holländer and La Rondine.

In March, Daniel 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 studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Gianluigi Gelmetti, 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.

Schedule

Stars of the White Nights Gala

Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Saint Petersburg, Russia

July 19, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
William Barton didgeridoo
The Mariinsky Orchestra

DVORAK Carnival Overture
BARTON/HINDSON Kalkadungu
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)


laVERDI for EXPO

Auditorium di Milano
Milan, Italy

July 23 & 26, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
William Barton didgeridoo
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “La Verdi”

CAMPOGRANDE The Expo Variations
BEETHOVEN Prometheus: Overture
HINDSON/BARTON Kalkadungu
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)


Last Night of the Proms

Kraków Philharmonic Hall
Kraków, Poland

September 12, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
Julia Kociuban piano
Iwona Sobotka soprano
Maria Forsström mezzosoprano
Górecki Choir
Beethoven Orchestra

DVORAK Carnival Overture
WEINBERG Mazur
WARS Piano Concerto
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro: Letter Duet
OFFENBACH Les contes d’Hoffmann: Barcarolle
DELIBES Lakmé: Flower Duet
TCHAIKOVSKY Overture 1812
ARNOLD A Grand, Grand Festival Overture
ROSSINI Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti
ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1
WOOD Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
ARNE Rule Britannia
PARRY Jerusalem
BRITTEN God Save the Queen
TRADITIONAL Polish Anthem


Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Toscanini Auditorium, RAI
Turin, Italy

November 12 & 13, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
Ian Bostridge tenor
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet
MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)


Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Teatro Comunale Chiabrera
Savona, Italy

November 14, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 (Pastorale)


Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra

Lisinski Concert Hall
Zagreb, Croatia

December 10, 2015

Daniel Smith conductor
Aljoša Jurinić piano
Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra

DUGAN Simfonijski andante
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1
MOZART Symphony No.25
LIGETI Concert Românesc


Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal

February 26 & 27, 2016

Daniel Smith conductor
Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro piano
Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa

MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No.1
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 (Italian)


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genova, Italy

March 4, 2016

Daniel Smith conductor
Sergej Krylov violin
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice
Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé


Teatro di San Carlo

Naples, Italy

May 15 & 17, 2016

Daniel Smith conductor
Uto Ughi violin
Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo

BEETHOVEN Romance No.2
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MOZART Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)


Orchestre National d'Île de France

Paris, France

September 24, 2016

Daniel Smith conductor
Jean-Paul Gasparian piano
Orchestre National d’Île de France

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Daydreams)


Orchestre National d'Île de France

Paris, France

September 27, 2016

Daniel Smith conductor
Philipp Kopachevsky piano
Orchestre National d’Île de France

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Daydreams)


Orchestra della Toscana

Figline Valdarno, Italy
Florence, Italy
Piombino, Italy
Empoli, Italy

January 31, February 1, 2, 3 & 4 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Anna Tifu violin
Orchestra della Toscana

ROSSINI Il signor Bruschino
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 (Pastorale)


Czech Philharmonic

Prague, Czech Republic

February 18, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Andrei Ionita cello
Czech Philharmonic

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

March 24, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Davide Cabassi piano
Matteo Cogoni trumpet
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 (Winter Daydreams)


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

March 19, 21, 22, 25, 26 & 28, 2017

Daniel Smith music director
Filippo Crivelli stage director
Serena Gamberoni adina
Francesco Meli nemorino
Roberto De Candia belcore
Alfonso Antoniozzi dulcamara
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)


Orchestra Haydn Orchester

Merano, Italy
Bolzano, Italy
Trento, Italy

April 24, 25 & 26 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Mischa Maisky violoncello
Orchestra Haydn Orchester

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BATTISTELLI Ötzi (World Premiere)
SCHUMANN Symphony No.4


Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Rome, Italy

May 4, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Vincenzo Bolognese violin
Toni Servillo actor
Angela Nisi soprano
Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.1
BEETHOVEN Egmont (complete incidental music)


Orchestra UniMi

Milan, Italy

May 9, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Jacopo Taddei saxophone
Orchestra UniMi

TÜÜR Action — Passion — Illusion
GLAZUNOV Sax Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade


500th Anniversary of the Reformation Gala

Gdańsk, Poland

May 19, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Stefan Tarara violin
Agata Szymczewska violin
Baltic Philharmonic

BACH Concerto for 2 Violins
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.5 (Reformation)


Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

Saarbrücken, Germany

July 8, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Siobhan Stagg soprano
Lukhanyo Moyake tenor
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
PUCCINI La bohème: “Che gelida manina”
PUCCINI La rondine: La canzone di Doretta
BIZET Carmen: Les Toréadors
DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore: “Caro elisir, sei mio!” / “Esulti pur la barbara”
MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
PUCCINI La bohème: “O soave fanciulla”
TCHAIKOVSKY Marche slave
WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Title
BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture
BERNSTEIN Candide: “Glitter and Be Gay”
BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Mambo
BERNSTEIN West Side Story: “Maria”
BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Balcony Scene
TCHAIKOVSKY Overture 1812


Teatro Greco di Segesta

Sicily, Italy

July 28, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

SCHUMANN Symphony No.1 (Spring)
MAHLER Symphony No.5: Adagietto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5


Teatro Massimo

Palermo, Italy

July 29, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Orchestra del Teatro Massimo

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
MAHLER Symphony No.5: Adagietto
SCHUMANN Symphony No.1 (Spring)


Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal

Wuppertal, Germany

September 29, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Aleksandar Nikolić bandoneon
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
PIAZZOLLA Aconcagua; Concerto for Bandoneon
DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture
BARTÓK Dance Suite
PIAZZOLLA Adiós Nonino
PIAZZOLLA Milonga del Angel
MÁRQUEZ Danzón No.2


Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Bologna, Italy

October 20, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Teatro Comunale di Bologna

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)
LUTOSŁAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.12 (The Year 1917)


Szczecin Philharmonic

Szczecin, Poland

November 10, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Joshua Roman violoncello
Szczecin Philharmonic

LUTOSŁAWSKI Violoncello Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9 (From the New World)


Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Valencia, Spain

November 25, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Repertoire To Be Announced


Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Orihuela, Spain

November 26, 2017

Daniel Smith conductor
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Repertoire To Be Announced


Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Florence, Italy

January 17, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
William Barton didgeridoo
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

SALVIUCCI Introduzione per Orchestra
HINDSON/BARTON Kalkadungu for Didgeridoo
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.12 (The Year 1917)


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

2018

Daniel Smith conductor
William Barton didgeridoo
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

Repertoire To Be Announced


Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

Istanbul, Turkey

February 9, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Gulsin Onay piano
Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

SAYGUN Piano Concerto No.1
SCHUMANN Symphony No.1 (Spring)


Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali

Milan, Italy

February 22 & 24, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Nicholas Angelich piano
Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali

BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.2
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta


Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

Palermo, Italy

March 16 & 17, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Stefan Milenkovich violin
Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 (Eroica)


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

May 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2018

Daniel Smith music director
Giorgio Gallione stage director
Ekaterina Bakanova/Rocio Ignacio violetta
Murat Karahan/Giulio Pelligra alfredo
Rodrigo Esteves/Mansoo Kim germont
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

VERDI La traviata


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

May 11, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Arcadi Volodos piano
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7


Lower Silesia Philharmonic

Jelenia Góra, Poland

May 18, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Lower Silesia Philharmonic

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Sheherazade
DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9 (From the New World)


Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Gdańsk, Poland

November, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Repertoire To Be Announced


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

May, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor

ROSSINI Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims)


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

November, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor

ROSSINI Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims)


Videos

Maurice Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2


Carl Maria von Weber

Euryanthe Ouvertüre J.291, Overture


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No.41, K.551, C major (Jupiter)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No.40, K.550, G minor


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No.39, K.543, E-flat major