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Fabio Luisi

artistic director from 1997 to 2002

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Fabio Luisi
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Fabio Luisi led the OSR though highly eclectic programmes. He conducted two operas with the orchestra at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Nabucco in 1994 and Tosca in 2001), recorded two Verdi operas (Jerusalem, Alzira) with Philips, and Arthur Honegger’s complete symphonies for Radio Suisse Romande–Espace 2. Under his direction the OSR shone brilliantly over its territory and undertook to re-conquer European cities, taking part in the 1999 Fête des Vingerons with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, as well returning to Japan and to the Musikverein in Vienna.

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GRAMMY® Award-winner Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020-21 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor embarks on his ninth and final season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera and his fifth as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera.

With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, where his contract was recently extended until 2026, Luisi will conduct a wide range of repertoire, with a special focus on music by Danish composers of the past and present, especially works by Nielsen and Langgaard as well as Abrahamsen and Sorensen. Luisi’s appearances as guest conductor will include several concerts with the Filarmonica della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra and NHK Tokyo, as well as concerts with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that include taking the orchestra to the Mahler Festival in Leipzig in May 2021.

Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978.

Named both Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana and Commendatore della Stella d’Italia for his role in promoting Italian culture abroad, in 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy.

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