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Daniel Harding

The First ›Music Director‹

A further step in the development toward an intensified long-term collaboration with one conductor was taken with the unanimous election of Daniel Harding as the first ›music director‹ of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in October 1999.

Daniel Harding was discovered in 1993 at the age of 17 by Simon Rattle, who brought him as his assistant to Birmingham, where Daniel Harding made his conducting debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra one year later. During the 1995/96 season Daniel Harding was assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Berlin Philharmonic. Following his spectacular debut with this orchestra at the 1996 Berlin Festival, Daniel Harding conducted other leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with great success. Guest conducting engagements with many other top-ranking international orchestras followed. Daniel Harding also caused a sensation conducting widely praised opera productions at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, he was acclaimed at New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall and, in summer 2001, at the Salzburg Festival. He has also appeared in Japan, Australia and the US, as well as in numerous European capitals. The extremely fruitful collaboration of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Daniel Harding culminated in 2003 with a further concert at the BBC Proms. This concert was selected by the BBC for taping, along with only five other concerts by renowned orchestras, and was the only concert actually broadcast on television.

Under Daniel Harding the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen established itself with audiences, critics and concert presenters as one of the leading chamber orchestras throughout the world.

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