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Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(born 17 January 1959) is an Italian conductor. He is general music director of the Zurich Opera and principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Honours and awards 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Luisi was born in Genoa. He attended the Conservatorio Nicolò Paganini and was a student of Memi Schiavina. After receiving his degree in piano studies, he continued piano instruction with Aldo Ciccolini and Antonio Bacchelli. Luisi developed an interest in conducting while working as a piano accompanist, and he studied conducting at the conservatory in Graz with Milan Horvat. He worked at the Graz
Graz
Opera as an accompanist and conductor. His first conducting appearance was in Italy
Italy
in 1984. From 1990 to 1995, he was principal conductor of the Graz
Graz
Symphony Orchestra. From 1995 to 2000, he served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstlerorchester
Tonkünstlerorchester
in Vienna. From 1996 to 1999, he was one of three main conductors (Hauptdirigenten) of the MDR Symphony Orchestra ( Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Sinfonieorchester) in Leipzig, along with Marcello Viotti and Manfred Honeck. From 1999 to 2007, he was sole principal conductor of the MDR orchestra. He was the principal conductor of l' Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
from 1997 to 2002. In January 2004, Luisi was named chief conductor of both the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
and of the Semperoper, Dresden. He assumed both posts in September 2007. With the Staatskapelle Dresden, Luisi conducted commercial recordings of music by Richard Strauss[1] and Anton Bruckner.[2] Luisi was originally scheduled to step down as chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden
in 2012, at the expiration of his contract.[3] However, he resigned from both Dresden posts in February 2010, with immediate effect, after reports that the Staatskapelle's management had secured a contract with the ZDF
ZDF
network for a scheduled televised concert on New Year's Eve, 2010 with Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
as conductor, without consulting him at all in his capacity as the orchestra's GMD.[4] Luisi served as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony
Vienna Symphony
from 2005 to 2013 season.[5][6] He became Generalmusikdirektor (General Music Director) of the Zurich Opera in 2012, which also includes orchestral concert work with the opera orchestra under the name of the Philharmonia Zurich.[7] Luisi first conducted the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2010. In August 2014, the orchestra announced the appointment of Luisi as its next principal conductor, effective in 2017, with an initial contract through 2020.[8][9] In January 2016, the Opera di Firenze announced the appointment of Luisi as its next music director, the first conductor to hold that title with the company, and in parallel, as director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, as of April 2018, with an initial contract of 5 years.[10] In the United States, Luisi made his Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
conducting debut in March 2005, with Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo.[11] In April 2010, Luisi was named the Met's principal guest conductor, for an initial contract of three years, effective with the 2010-2011 season. Luisi is the second conductor to be named to this post at the Metropolitan Opera, after Valery Gergiev.[12] He was elevated to the post of Principal Conductor in September 2011, when Music Director James Levine
James Levine
withdrew from his scheduled fall 2011 performances. Luisi stood down from his Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
post at the close of the 2016-2017 season.[13] Luisi has conducted several opera recordings, including Giuseppe Verdi's Aroldo, Jérusalem and Alzira,[14] and Gioacchino Rossini's William Tell.[15] He won a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for his leadership of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung on a Deutsche Grammophon DVD release of Richard Wagner’s operatic cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen. This was recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
and named Best Opera Recording of 2012. Luisi and his wife Barbara Luisi, a photographer and violinist, have three sons.[6] Outside of music, his hobbies include perfumery and the production of his own personal line of perfumes.[16] Honours and awards[edit]

Honorary Professor of Conducting
Conducting
at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig
Leipzig
(2001) Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art
Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art
(2000)[17] Supersonic Award for Record of the Month (music magazine Pizzicato, January 2006) for the recording "Beethoven: Mass in C Major" Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
(2 June 2006)[18] Bruckner Ring (Vienna Symphony, 2007) Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
(2008) Echo Klassik (2008), for surround recording of the year: "Strauss: An Alpine Symphony / Four Last Songs" Echo Klassik Orchestra of the Year (2009) with the Staatskapelle Dresden for "Bruckner: 9 Symphony" Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Opera Recording (2013) with the Metropolitan Opera for Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen.[19]

References[edit]

^ Tim Ashley (11 January 2008). "Strauss: An Alpine Symphony/Four Last Songs; Harteros/Staatskapelle Dresden/Luisi". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2010.  ^ Fiona Maddocks (13 September 2009). "Bruckner: Symphony No 9". The Observer. Retrieved 6 February 2010.  ^ " Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
wird Chefdirigent der Staatskapelle Dresden" (Press release). Staatskapelle Dresden. 9 October 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. [permanent dead link] ^ Daniel J. Wakin (4 February 2010). "Saxon State Opera's Music Director Quits". New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2010.  ^ Ernst Naredi-Reiner (18 January 2011). "Umzug nach New York". Kleine Zeitung. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.  ^ a b Daniel J. Wakin (21 April 2011). "On Deck, the Met's Pinch-Hitter". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011.  ^ " Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
appointed General Music Director at Zurich Opera House as of 2012" (Press release). Zurich Opera. 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2009.  ^ "DR SymfoniOrkestret får ny italiensk chefdirigent". Danish Broadcasting Corporation. 31 August 2014. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.  ^ Emil Bergløv (1 September 2014). "DR hyrer stjernedirigent med faible for parfume". Politiken. Retrieved 2 September 2014.  ^ " Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
Named as Music Director Designate of Florence's Opera di Firenze and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". Opera News. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.  ^ Anthony Tommasini (5 March 2005). "Can't Make Up His Mind, Just Like That Other Prince". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2007.  ^ Daniel J. Wakin (27 April 2010). "The Met Anoints a Guest Conductor". New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2010.  ^ Zachary Woolfe (4 February 2016). "Fabio Luisi's Future Looks Bright, Wherever It Is". New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2016.  ^ Tim Ashley (17 August 2001). "A brave new world". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2007.  ^ Tim Ashley (15 July 2005). "Rossini: Guillaume Tell, Gustafson/ Kotoski/ Ungureanu/ Sabbatini/ Hampson/ Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus/ Luisi". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2007.  ^ Kathryn Shattuck (5 March 2014). "Notes Composed for the Nose". New York Times. Retrieved 9 May 2010.  ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1379. Retrieved 20 November 2012.  ^ "ONORIFICENZE: parametri di ricerca" (in Italian). Italian Presidency. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2012.  ^ "55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees: Classical". Grammy.com. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Vienna Symphony, Fabio Luisi
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biography MDR Sinfonieorchester official website (in German) Fabio Luisi
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at AllMusic Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
on IMDb

Cultural offices

Preceded by Daniel Nazareth Principal Conductor, MDR Sinfonieorchester 1999-2007 Succeeded by Jun Märkl

Preceded by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra 2017-present Succeeded by incumbent

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Tonkünstler Orchestra
Tonkünstler Orchestra
Principal Conductors

Kurt Wöss (1946) Gustav Koslik (1951) Heinz Wallberg (1964) Walter Weller (1975) Miltiades Caridis (1978) Isaac Karabtchevsky
Isaac Karabtchevsky
(1988) Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(1994) Carlos Kalmar
Carlos Kalmar
(2000) Kristjan Järvi
Kristjan Järvi
(2004) Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
(2009) Yutaka Sado
Yutaka Sado
(2015)

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Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Music Directors

Ernest Ansermet
Ernest Ansermet
(1918) Paul Kletzki (1967) Wolfgang Sawallisch
Wolfgang Sawallisch
(1972) Horst Stein
Horst Stein
(1980) Armin Jordan (1985) Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(1997) Pinchas Steinberg
Pinchas Steinberg
(2002) Marek Janowski
Marek Janowski
(2005) Neeme Järvi
Neeme Järvi
(2012) Jonathan Nott (2017)

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Vienna Symphony
Vienna Symphony
Principal Conductors

Ferdinand Löwe
Ferdinand Löwe
(1900) Wilhelm Furtwängler
Wilhelm Furtwängler
(1920s) Oswald Kabasta
Oswald Kabasta
(1933) Hans Swarowsky (1945) Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan
(1948) Wolfgang Sawallisch
Wolfgang Sawallisch
(1960) Josef Krips
Josef Krips
(1970) Carlo Maria Giulini
Carlo Maria Giulini
(1973) Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Gennady Rozhdestvensky
(1980) Georges Prêtre
Georges Prêtre
(1986) Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
(1991) Vladimir Fedoseyev
Vladimir Fedoseyev
(1997) Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(2005) Philippe Jordan
Philippe Jordan
(2014)

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Principal Conductors of the Staatskapelle Dresden

Julius Rietz
Julius Rietz
(1874) Franz Wüllner
Franz Wüllner
(1877) Ernst von Schuch
Ernst von Schuch
(1884) Fritz Reiner
Fritz Reiner
(1914) Fritz Busch
Fritz Busch
(1922) Karl Böhm
Karl Böhm
(1934) Karl Elmendorff
Karl Elmendorff
(1943) Joseph Keilberth
Joseph Keilberth
(1945) Rudolf Kempe
Rudolf Kempe
(1949) Franz Konwitschny
Franz Konwitschny
(1953) Lovro von Matačić
Lovro von Matačić
(1956) Otmar Suitner
Otmar Suitner
(1960) Kurt Sanderling
Kurt Sanderling
(1964) Martin Turnovský (1966) Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
(1975) Hans Vonk (1985) Giuseppe Sinopoli
Giuseppe Sinopoli
(1992) Bernard Haitink
Bernard Haitink
(2002) Fabio Luisi
Fabio Luisi
(2007) Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
(2012)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 2670283 LCCN: n89645081 ISNI: 0000 0001 0863 4663 GND: 12407152X SUDOC: 084271280 BNF: cb14028575b (data) MusicBrainz: 075f634e-0c0b-4b6a-9c2c-da556a452778 NKC: xx0030103 ICCU: ITICCUUBOV538630

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