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Giordano Bellincampi

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994. Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera from 2005 – 2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 – 2006 and, between 1997 – 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.

Highlights of his 15/16 calendar included his opening performances as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, featuring major works including Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, and a concert performance of Verdi’s Otello, as well as further engagements with the Duisburg Philharmonic, including a strongly-acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven, and throughout the season featuring major works including Bruckner’s Fourth and Mahler’s Third symphonies.

Giordano Bellincampi’s 16/17 season in Kristiansand and Auckland includes strong focus on the symphonies of Brahms, Schubert and Nielsen, vibrant orchestral showpieces such as Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the tone poems of Richard Strauss, and a concert performance in Auckland of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. He has excelled also in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with La Boheme in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading their acclaimed new production of Aida at the opening of their new theatre in 2005.  

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors, and he also regularly gives masterclasses and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions. In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture, and he also holds the title of Cavaliere from the President of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.

Video - Giordano Bellincampi on his first concert as the APO Music Director

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