Fabio Luisi

Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi serves as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO). After concluding a six-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera last season, he launches a new appointment as Music Director of Florence’s Opera di Firenze this coming spring.

Luisi opens his 2017-18 season conducting the DNSO in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, with performances of Nielsen’s Fifth, Henze’s Second Violin Concerto featuring Julia Fischer, Franz Schmidt’s oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, and Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies later in the season. He also acts as Jury Chairman for the DNSO’s Malko Competition for Young Conductors. Zurich and on a four-city tour of Spain. Luisi is also an accomplished composer whose Saint Bonaventure Mass receives its world premiere this fall at New York’s St. Bonaventure University, followed two days later by its New York City premiere in the MetLiveArts series, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Chorus. At Zurich Opera, Luisi leads new productions of Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Verdi’s La forza del destino. Returning to the U.S. in the spring, he conducts two Beethoven piano concertos with soloists Yefim Bronfman and Lise de la Salle, respectively, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony. Luisi’s season is rounded out with Falstaff at Opera de Paris; a new production of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini at La Scala; guest appearances with Beijing’s China NCPA Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic; and performances with Philharmonia Zurich featuring cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Hélène Grimaud.

As former Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony, Luisi was honored with the orchestra’s Golden Bruckner Medal and Ring. Other previous appointments include General Music Director of Dresden’s Staatskapelle and Sächsische Staatsoper, Artistic Director of Leipzig Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna, and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony.

Luisi received a Grammy Award for his leadership of the last two operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. His extensive discography also features operas by Verdi, Salieri, and Bellini; symphonies by Honegger, Respighi, and Liszt; works by Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. In 2015, Philharmonia Zurich inaugurated its Philharmonia Records label with Luisi recordings of Berlioz, Wagner, and Rigoletto, followed by Rachmaninov Piano Concertos with Lise de la Salle and Luisi’s rare account of the original version of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony.

A native of Genoa, Luisi was awarded the Grifo d’Oro for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, he is a passionate perfume maker; sales from his one-person operation, flparfums.com, benefit the Luisi Academy for Music and Visual Arts.



Photo: © Barbara Luisi


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