“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

Biography

Direttore Principale Ospite of Teatro Carlo Felice in Italy, Australian conductor Daniel Smith rapidly gained international acclaim after winning First Prize, the Golden Baton and the Orchestra’s Choice Prize, in UNESCO’s International Conducting Competition (in memory of Grzegorz Fitelberg), as well as Second Prize in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. His third success was First Prize in the 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 has also conducted the Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Spain’s Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Palau des les Arts Reina Sofía, Italy’s RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, New Japan Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony of Ireland, Indianapolis Symphony and the Danish National Symphony, among others.

Daniel has also conducted at festivals including World Expo, Stars of the White Nights, Mozarteum Festspiele, Järvi Summer Festival, Estate Musicale Chigiana Siena, Aspen Music Festival, Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, MiTo Festival and the Proms, Kraków.

Upcoming eagerly awaited debuts include L’elisir d’amore with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, a new production of Il viaggio a Reims, directed by Damiano Michieletto with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, a symphonic tour with violinist Ray Chen and the Filarmonica Toscanini, and performances with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.

Daniel’s debuts at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Mariinsky Theatre, conducting Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, affirmed his success as an opera conductor.

“A perfect production! And Daniel Smith.. it was as if the opera was written for him!”

Ekaterina Gudkova, Il viaggio a Reims, Mariinsky Theatre

In recent seasons, he has worked on operatic repertoire including La traviata and Tosca (alongside director Franco Zeffirelli); as well as Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cavalleria rusticana, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, La fanciulla del West, Der fliegende Holländer, Gianni Schicchi, La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalier, Suor Angelica, Il viaggio a Reims, Wozzeck and An American in Paris.

Recently, 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

Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

July 27 & 29, 2018

Daniel Smith music director
Vivien Hewitt stage director
Blagoj Nacoski il conte d’almaviva
Claudio Ottino don bartolo
Elena Belfiore rosina
Sergio Bologna figaro
Giovanni Battista Parodi don basilio
Marta Calcaterra berta
Giuseppe De Luca fiorello
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

September 21, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Giuseppe Andaloro piano
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

SEASON OPENING GALA
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN An American in Paris


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

September 28, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Marco Vincenzi piano
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

BEETHOVEN Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

October 12, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2018

Daniel Smith music director
Federico Bellone stage director
Giuseppe Verzicco jerry mulligan
Marta Melchiorre lise
Simone Leonardi henri baurel
Tiziano Edini adam hochberg
Alice Mistroni milo
Donatella Pandimiglio madame baurel
Mimmo Chianese monsieur baurel
Marco D’Alberti mr z
Annamaria Schiattarella olga
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Carlo Felice

GERSHWIN An American in Paris


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy

18 & 19 October, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Elisa Tomellini piano
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2


Teatro Carlo Felice

Genoa, Italy
La Spezia, Italy

27 & 28 October, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Laura Marzadori violin
Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

ROSSINI Il signor Bruschino: Overture
PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.4
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4


Polish Baltic Philharmonic

Gdańsk, Poland

November 16 & 18, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Rostislav Krimer piano
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

GÓRECKI Three Dances for Orchestra
PENDERECKI Piano Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 (Pastorale)


Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

Istanbul, Turkey

November 30, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Alexander Rudin violoncello
Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra

ROSSINI La scala di seta (The Silken Staircase)
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
MOZART Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)


Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

Palermo, Italy

December 14 & 15, 2018

Daniel Smith conductor
Giovanni Bertolazzi piano
Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

RESPIGHI La boutique fantasque [after Rossini] (The Fantastic Toy Shop): Suite
LISZT Totentanz
ROSSINI Semiramide: Overture
ROSSINI La scala di seta (The Silken Staircase): Overture
ROSSINI Moïse et Pharaon: Danze
ROSSINI Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Overture


Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

Istanbul, Turkey

January 18, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor
Tobias Feldmann violin
Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

WEINBERG Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 (Italian)


Filarmonica Toscanini

Parma, Italy
Cremona, Italy

February 27 & 28, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor
Ray Chen violin
Filarmonica Toscanini

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture
BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1
RESPIGHI La boutique fantasque [after Rossini] (The Fantastic Toy Shop) [complete ballet]


Filharmonia Podlaska

Białystok, Poland

March 15, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor
Filharmonia Podlaska

WEBER Euryanthe: Overture
MOZART Symphony No.40
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5


Filharmonia Śląska

Katowice, Poland

March 22, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor
Filharmonia Śląska

LUTOSŁAWSKI Little Suite (Mała suita)
MOZART Symphony No.40
BRAHMS Symphony No.4


Opera Australia

Melbourne, Australia

May 24, 28, 30 & June 1, 2019

Daniel Smith music director
Damiano Michieletto stage director
Lorina Gore corinna
Emma Pearson contessa di folleville
Julie Lea Goodwin madama cortese
Sian Pendry marchesa melibea
Juan de Dios Mateos cavalier belfiore
Shanul Sharma conte di libenskof
Warwick Fyfe barone di trombonok
Teddy Tahu Rhodes lord sidney
Giorgio Caoduro don profondo
Jennifer Black maddalena
Luke Gabbedy don alvaro
Conal Coad don prudenzio
John Longmuir don luigino
Christopher Hillier antonio
Kathryn Radcliffe delia
Agnes Sarkis modestina
Stuart Haycock zefirino
Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra

ROSSINI Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims)


Norwegian National Opera (Den Norske Opera)

Oslo, Norway

August 17, 20, 25, 30 & September 1, 2019

Daniel Smith music director
Oliver Mears stage director
Luis Gomes nemorino
Andrea Carroll adina
Andrei Kymach belcore
Güneş Gürle dulcamara
Lydia Hoen Tjore giannetta

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


Opera Australia

Sydney, Australia

October 24, 26, 28, 30 & November 2, 2019

Daniel Smith music director
Damiano Michieletto stage director
Irina Lungu corinna
Emma Pearson contessa di folleville
Julie Lea Goodwin madama cortese
Sian Pendry marchesa melibea
Juan de Dios Mateos cavalier belfiore
Shanul Sharma conte di libenskof
Warwick Fyfe barone di trombonok
Teddy Tahu Rhodes lord sidney
Giorgio Caoduro don profondo
Jennifer Black maddalena
Luke Gabbedy don alvaro
Conal Coad don prudenzio
John Longmuir don luigino
Christopher Hillier antonio
Kathryn Radcliffe delia
Agnes Sarkis modestina
Stuart Haycock zefirino
Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra

ROSSINI Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims)


Greek National Opera (Εθνική Λυρική Σκηνή)

Athens, Greece

November 14, 2019

Daniel Smith conductor
Stefanos Thomopoulos piano
George-Emmanuel Lazaridis piano
Karolos Zouganelis piano
Greek National Opera Orchestra

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1


Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla

Seville, Spain

January 23 & 24, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
DEBUSSY Petite suite
BIZET Symphony No.1


Filharmonia Dolnośląska

Jelenia Góra, Poland

February 28, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Kevin Zhu violin
Lower Silesian Philharmonic

ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2 (La campanella)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5


Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

Gdańsk, Poland

March 6, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk piano
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.12 (The Year 1917)


Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

Gdańsk, Poland

March 13, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Kevin Zhu violin
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2 (La campanella)
MOZART Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)


Orkiestry Symfonicznej im. Karola Szymanowskiego

Katowice, Poland

March 25, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Karol Szymanowski Symphony Orchestra

Repertoire To Be Announced


Bilkent Senfoni Orkestrası

Ankara, Turkey

October, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra

Repertoire To Be Announced


Filarmonica Toscanini

Parma, Italy
Cremona, Italy

March, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Filarmonica Toscanini

Repertoire To Be Announced


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