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.
2 Honours and awards
4 External links
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 Opera as an accompanist and
conductor. His first conducting appearance was in
Italy in 1984. From
1990 to 1995, he was principal conductor of the
Orchestra. From 1995 to 2000, he served as Artistic Director and Chief
Conductor of the
Tonkünstlerorchester in Vienna. From 1996 to 1999,
he was one of three main conductors (Hauptdirigenten) of the MDR
Symphony Orchestra (
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
In January 2004, Luisi was named chief conductor of both the
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 and
Anton Bruckner. Luisi was originally scheduled to step down as
chief conductor of the
Staatskapelle Dresden in 2012, at the
expiration of his contract. 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
for a scheduled televised concert on New Year's Eve, 2010 with
Christian Thielemann as conductor, without consulting him at all in
his capacity as the orchestra's GMD.
Luisi served as Chief Conductor of the
Vienna Symphony from 2005 to
2013 season. 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. 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. 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.
In the United States, Luisi made his
Metropolitan Opera conducting
debut in March 2005, with Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo. 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. He was elevated to the
post of Principal Conductor in September 2011, when Music Director
James Levine withdrew from his scheduled fall 2011 performances. Luisi
stood down from his
Metropolitan Opera post at the close of the
Luisi has conducted several opera recordings, including Giuseppe
Verdi's Aroldo, Jérusalem and Alzira, and Gioacchino Rossini's
William Tell. He won a
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 and named Best Opera
Recording of 2012.
Luisi and his wife Barbara Luisi, a photographer and violinist, have
three sons. Outside of music, his hobbies include perfumery and the
production of his own personal line of perfumes.
Honours and awards
Honorary Professor of
Conducting at the University of Music and
Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art
Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art (2000)
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
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 for Best Opera Recording (2013) with the Metropolitan
Opera for Richard Wagner's Der Ring Des Nibelungen.
^ 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 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
^ a b Daniel J. Wakin (21 April 2011). "On Deck, the Met's
Pinch-Hitter". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
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 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
^ 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.
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Principal Conductor, Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Tonkünstler Orchestra Principal Conductors
Kurt Wöss (1946)
Gustav Koslik (1951)
Heinz Wallberg (1964)
Walter Weller (1975)
Miltiades Caridis (1978)
Isaac Karabtchevsky (1988)
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Carlos Kalmar (2000)
Kristjan Järvi (2004)
Andrés Orozco-Estrada (2009)
Yutaka Sado (2015)
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Music Directors
Ernest Ansermet (1918)
Paul Kletzki (1967)
Wolfgang Sawallisch (1972)
Horst Stein (1980)
Armin Jordan (1985)
Fabio Luisi (1997)
Pinchas Steinberg (2002)
Marek Janowski (2005)
Neeme Järvi (2012)
Jonathan Nott (2017)
Vienna Symphony Principal Conductors
Ferdinand Löwe (1900)
Wilhelm Furtwängler (1920s)
Oswald Kabasta (1933)
Hans Swarowsky (1945)
Herbert von Karajan
Herbert von Karajan (1948)
Wolfgang Sawallisch (1960)
Josef Krips (1970)
Carlo Maria Giulini
Carlo Maria Giulini (1973)
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1980)
Georges Prêtre (1986)
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (1991)
Vladimir Fedoseyev (1997)
Fabio Luisi (2005)
Philippe Jordan (2014)
Principal Conductors of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Julius Rietz (1874)
Franz Wüllner (1877)
Ernst von Schuch
Ernst von Schuch (1884)
Fritz Reiner (1914)
Fritz Busch (1922)
Karl Böhm (1934)
Karl Elmendorff (1943)
Joseph Keilberth (1945)
Rudolf Kempe (1949)
Franz Konwitschny (1953)
Lovro von Matačić
Lovro von Matačić (1956)
Otmar Suitner (1960)
Kurt Sanderling (1964)
Martin Turnovský (1966)
Herbert Blomstedt (1975)
Hans Vonk (1985)
Giuseppe Sinopoli (1992)
Bernard Haitink (2002)
Fabio Luisi (2007)
Christian Thielemann (2012)
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