“Daniel Smith was given a rock-star ovation and won himself a legion of admirers.”Arts Review
“When Smith conducts, there’s something magic at play. Five stars.”Time Out
“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
“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
“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

“Right from the overture - tense, tight, contrasting, beautifully shaped, as plaintive as incisive - Daniel Smith imposes his mark with a performance of rare intelligence, attesting to an in-depth knowledge of the work, its construction, its motives, where nothing is left to chance.” (Forum Opera Magazine)

Daniel Smith’s passion for music is irrepressible. He rapidly gained worldwide acclaim as the only conductor to be awarded Laureate in four of the most prestigious international conducting competitions including: UNESCO’s International Conducting Competition (honouring Grzegorz Fitelberg), where he also received the Gold Baton and Orchestra’s Choice Prize, along with the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. Observed by Maestro Valery Gergiev, Smith was invited as the first Australian to conduct The Mariinsky Orchestra. Featured in Time Magazine (Russia), Smith was personally reinvited as a regular guest conductor to The Mariinsky Theatre. Smith then began his tenure as Direttore Principale Ospite of Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.

A citizen of the world, born in Australia and residing in Italy, Smith proudly bears the Italian honour of Australian Cultural Ambassador. A scholar of the broad stroke of predominately European creative institutions, Smith’s music degrees hail from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena, Trinity College London, University of Music Bratislava, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen.

“The dynamic Australian conductor Daniel Smith articulated a sensational evening of delicious music. Smith and the orchestra gave evidence of a spirited, energetic and perfumed interpretation, highlighting a sensual and elegiac Adagio in which they displayed all their sensitivity and perfect harmony.” (El Correo)

On the symphonic podium, Smith’s musicality, energy and spirit create an infectious rapport with musicians and audiences alike. Following his highly successful debut with The Mariinsky Orchestra, Smith has guest conducted the Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, as well as at the Mozarteum Festspiele, Estate Musicale Chigiana Siena, Aspen Music Festival and Stars of the White Nights in St Petersburg.

World and National Premieres have been graced by Smith’s baton. Bedřich Smetana - Má vlast (new critical edition), Giorgio Battistelli - Ötzi, Nicola Campogrande - Symphony No.1, Fazıl Say - Flute Concerto, John Adams - Violin Concerto and John Williams – Battle of the Heroes (Star Wars: Episode III).

Unique opportunities afforded to Smith included regularly conducting the Season Opening in Genova, in celebration of Niccolò Paganini. On a heavily guarded stage, Paganini’s violin concerti were performed on his priceless violin Il Cannone, rarely released from its bulletproof glass vault. Smith was made a lifetime honorary Friend of Paganini.

Smith has also been made an Honorary PWM Artist (Polish Music Publishing House) and DSCH (Shostakovich) Artist.

As an advocate for Australian and Indigenous music, Smith performs in tandem with Australia’s foremost didgeridoo virtuoso, William Barton, bringing together didgeridoo and orchestra.

“It’s not often that the conductor of an opera wins more applause than the cast. Australian conductor, Daniel Smith was given a rock-star ovation and won himself a legion of admirers.” (Arts Review)

Smith affirmed his success in the opera pit specialising in bel canto and the Italian operatic repertoire after winning the Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition. Establishing an invaluable collaboration with director Franco Zeffirelli, and more recently with director Damiano Michieletto, Smith debuted at the Rossini Opera Festival, Mariinsky Theatre and Opera Australia with Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims. More collaborations followed in the creation of new productions with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo, Norwegian National Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Greek National Opera.

“A perfect production! Daniel Smith, it was as if the opera was written for him!” (Mariinsky TV)

With a prominent presence on social media, Smith regularly appears on prime-time television including current affairs and entertainment programs; all to promote, engender and share his passion for music. He is committed to working with and inspiring young people through his diverse educational initiatives.

Close to his heart, is Smith’s charity: The Daniel Smith Gift of Music Foundation. Mirroring his philosophy that music is the right of all, Smith donates concert tickets to those who have financial or physical constraints.

“The return of the maestro on stage was greeted with roaring euphoria. The evening ended with many selfies and beautiful memories.” (La Voce Sannita)

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

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.3
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.12 (The Year 1917)


Orkiestry Symfonicznej im. Karola Szymanowskiego

Katowice, Poland

March 24 & 25, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Karol Szymanowski Symphony Orchestra

DEBUSSY Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune”
MOZART Symphony No.40, K.550, G minor
KHACHATURIAN Symphony No.2 (Symphony with a Bell)


Orchestra della Toscana

Florence, Italy

April 30, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Orchestra della Toscana

STRAVINSKY Pulcinella
DANIELA TERRANOVA Light Cloud, Dark Cloud (D’après Rothko)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2


Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

Gdańsk, Poland

September 25, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Agata Szymczewska violin
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia
MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI Concerto-Notturno
MOZART Don Giovanni
MOZART Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)


Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

Antalya, Turkey

October 9, 2020

Daniel Smith conductor
Menevşe Aydoğdu violin
Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

LALO Violin Concerto
BIZET Carmen: Suite No.1
BIZET Carmen: Suite No.2


Greek National Opera (Εθνική Λυρική Σκηνή)

Athens, Greece

December 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22, 27 & 29, 2020 - NOW STREAMING ONLINE!

Daniel Smith music director
John Fulljames stage director
Tassis Christoyannis & Dionysios Sourbis don giovanni
Vassiliki Karayanni & Syranous Tsalikian donna anna
Yannis Christopoulos & Vassilis Kavayas don ottavio
Petros Magoulas & Alexandros Stavrakakis il commendatore
Anna Stylianaki & Artemis Bogri donna elvira
Tassos Apostolou & Haris Andrianos leporello
Nikos Kotenidis & George Mattheakakis masetto
Chrissa Maliamani & Miranda Makrynioti zerlina
Greek National Opera Orchestra & Chorus

MOZART Don Giovanni


Filharmonia Dolnośląska

Jelenia Góra, Poland

June 25, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Bülent Evcil flute
Lower Silesian Philharmonic

FAZIL SAY Flute Concerto
BRICCIALDI Il Carnevale di Venezia
ROSSINI La scala di seta
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2


Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento

Benevento, Italy

August 4, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Rosa Feola soprano

Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia: Sinfonia
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor: “Regnava nel silenzio”
VERDI La traviata: Prelude to Act III
VERDI La traviata: “Sempre libera”
MOZART Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)
BELLINI Norma: “Casta diva”
ROSSINI Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Overture


Orchestra della Toscana

Portogruaro, Italy

August 29, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Francesca Dego violin
Orchestra della Toscana

WOLF-FERRARI Serenade
MOZART Violin Concerto No.1
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella


Teatro Petruzzelli & Festival della Valle d'Itria

Bari, Italy
Martina Franca, Italy

September 29, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Lidia Fridman soprano
Luigi Morassi tenor
Gökmen Sahin bass
Orchestra del Teatro Petruzzelli

WOLF-FERRARI Serenade
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella [complete]


Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

Palermo, Italy

October 8 & 9, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana

SMETANA Má Vlast (My Fatherland) [World Premiere of the New Critical Edition]


Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

Belgrade, Serbia

October 22, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Sergei Dogadin violin
Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

ROSSINI La scala di seta
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
VERDI I vespri siciliani
RESPIGHI Pini di Roma


Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla

Seville, Spain

November 4 & 5, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Olga Scheps piano
Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra

NOELIA LOBATO Miranda (World Premiere)
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.2
HINDEMITH Mathis der Maler


Orquesta de Extremadura

Badajoz, Spain
Cáceres, Spain

November 18 & 19, 2021

Daniel Smith conductor
Clara Mouriz mezzosoprano
Orquesta de Extremadura

NICOLA CAMPOGRANDE Symphony No.1
RAVEL Shéhérazade
ELGAR Symphony No.1


Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

Gdańsk, Poland

March 11, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor
Kevin Zhu violin
Polish Baltic Philharmonic

PAGANINI Violin Concerto No.2 (La campanella)
CASELLA Symphony No.2


Filarmonica Toscanini

Parma, Italy

March 25, 26 & 27, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor
William Barton didgeridoo
Filarmonica Toscanini

DEBUSSY Prélude à “L’après-midi d’un faune”
WILLIAM BARTON/MATTHEW HINDSON Kalkadungu
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No.1
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No.2


Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

Cagliari, Italy

April, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor
Teatro Lirico di Cagliari

Repertoire To Be Announced


Teatro Comunale di Ferrara

Ferrara, Italy

June 28 & 30, 2022

Daniel Smith music director
Moni Ovadia stage director
Teatro Comunale di Ferrara

MOZART Don Giovanni


Rossini Opera Festival

Pesaro, Italy

August, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor

Repertoire To Be Announced


Wexford Festival Opera

Wexford, Ireland

October, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor

Repertoire To Be Announced


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

November, 2022

Daniel Smith conductor

BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

March & April, 2023

Daniel Smith conductor

DONIZETTI Don Pasquale


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

November & December, 2023

Daniel Smith conductor

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia


Videos

Gioachino Rossini

Il viaggio a Reims


Rossini/Górecki/Mozart

Barbiere/Notturo/Giovanni/Jupiter


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