© Brecia Amisano - Teatro alla Scala
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Lorenzo Viotti

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At only 29, Lorenzo Viotti has just recently been appointed principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam, starting in the 2021/22 season.


Viotti made his debut with Dutch National Opera earlier than planned, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the verismo double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana in September 2019.


The young French-Swiss conductor, currently Music Director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, came to international attention as winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015 at the age of 25 years and of the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and the MDR Conducting Competition in 2013.


In 2017 he received the International Opera Newcomer Award.


Lorenzo Viotti has already conducted numerous major international orchestras including the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the  BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Staatskapelle  Berlin, Netherlands Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala and others.


The young conductor’s recent debuts in the USA with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Canada with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal have been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.


In January 2020 he stepped in for Emmanuel Krivine to lead the Orchestre national de France on concerts in Vienna and Bratislava. At the end of February 2020 Lorenzo Viotti also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time with concerts taking place in Berlin and Baden-Baden. The debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra planned for May this year had to be postponed due to the COVIC19 epidemic.


Besides numerous concerts ranging from classical to contemporary repertoire, Viotti has most recently conducted Gounod‘s Romeo and Juliet (La Scala, Milan), Manon Lescaut (Oper Frankfurt), Rigoletto (Staatsoper Stuttgart and Semperoper Dresden), Werther (Oper Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich), Tosca (Oper Frankfurt and New National Theatre Tokyo), Carmen (Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra national de Paris), Die Csárdásfürstin at Opernhaus Zürich and  Faust (Opéra national de Paris, recording and TV broadcast).


A series of recent and future projects had to be cancelled due to the COVID1-9 pandemic: Madama Butterfly (Semperoper Dresden), La Bohème (Opéra  national de Paris), Carmen (Metropolitan Opera)


In addition to his worldwide concert engagements his future projects include Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg and Joseph Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, opening production of the new season and Lorenzo Viotti’s first as chief conductor) and Thaïs (Teatro alla Scala).


Lorenzo Viotti was born in Lausanne into a Franco-Italian family of musicians. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon and attended orchestral conducting courses with Professor Georg Mark in Vienna, where he simultaneously performed as a percussionist in various major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued his conductor’s training with Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar.

June 2021 – Please don’t use any older material. For the most recent biography please contact Ms. Katharina Nussbaum