Damian Iorio

Biography

Born in London into a distinguished family of Italian and English musicians, Damian Iorio is a dynamic and gifted conductor, and enjoys an international career. Having begun his professional life as a violinist, following studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University, Damian went on to study conducting at St Petersburg State Conservatoire whilst serving as a member of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Damian has conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, the BBC Orchestras, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Recent credits include engagements with Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recent opera engagements include Magic Flute at Welsh National Opera and Boris Godunov at Opéra national de Paris, where he has previously conducted Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. He has conducted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Bonn Opera, Norwegian Opera and Helikon Opera in Moscow. Other productions include the Russian premiere of Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, which received a nomination for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

From 2014 to 2019 he held the position of Music Director of Milton Keynes City Orchestra in the UK. Previously he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Murmansk in Russia where he was the catalyst of its success and growth in both opera and concert performances.

Damian is an experienced teacher and holds the position of Head of Conducting at London Performing Academy of Music. He is also a passionate advocate for music education and the right for anyone to access music, and has been involved in education projects worldwide. Since 2012 he has been Music and Artistic Director of National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.

He has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for Naxos, Sony Classics and Warner Classics, and has been awarded the prestigious “Choc” rating by Le Monde de la Musique magazine. A recording with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra was described as “…the best thing Naxos has put out in years” by Records International online.

In 2021 he launched Sfera Publishing, which focuses on string orchestra arrangements based on the newest critical editions of the original scores.

Damian received the Knight of the Order of Sant’Agata from the Republic of San Marino in recognition for his services to music. He is also an avid cyclist and especially enjoys riding in the mountains.

Last updated April 2022

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