Meet the Orchestra

Giordano Bellincampi


Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia 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, Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2018, 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 also 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.

Highlights of recent seasons have included concert performances of Verdi’s Aida and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut with the Auckland Philharmonia, and gala performances of Wagner’s operatic and orchestral music with the Duisburg Philharmonic to mark the reopening of the orchestra’s home in Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle, as well as a strongly acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall, in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven.

In the 2018/19 season, Giordano Bellincampi makes appearances alongside the Orchestra della Toscana, Estonian National Symphony, Victoria Symphony, and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, as well as returning to Toledo Symphony, and bringing a concert performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Auckland Philharmonia. Maestro Bellincampi will also continue his educational work, conducting New Zealand’s prestigious Michael Hill Violin Competition and the New Zealand Aria singing contest, and working alongside the young players of the Australian Youth Orchestra at the National Music Camp.

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of 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

Leigh & Jennie Auton, Pare Keiha, Julian Smith & Craig McAlpine

Giordano Bellincampi's performance in The Trust Community Foundations Opera in Concert: Beethoven's Fidelio is supported by Dr Tom and Ann Morris




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