Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 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 Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012-2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus from 2005-2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000-2006 and, between 1997-2000 he was Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.
With an enormous repertoire embracing classical, romantic and contemporary music, he is particularly celebrated for his prowess in the Central European, Italian and Scandinavian symphonic traditions, and for his interpretations of significant choral and vocal works. In 2015, he focused on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen, performing a wide selection of his works both in Denmark and abroad.
Highlights of recent seasons have included concert performances of Verdi’s Otello and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with the Auckland Philharmonia, and with the Duisburg Philharmonic gala performances of Wagner’s operatic and orchestral music to mark the re-opening of the orchestra’s home in Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle. He also had a highly acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall, with repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven.
In the 17/18 season, he brings major repertoire to Auckland and Kristiansand, including a concert performance of Aida in Auckland and staged performances of La Traviata with the Kristiansand Opera. He returns to the Athelas Sinfonietta and I Pommerigi Musicali Milan, and conducts four programmes with the Toledo Symphony.
As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating future generations of orchestra musicians and conductors. He also regularly gives masterclasses and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions. In 2010, he was made 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.