Happy Birthday Daniel Harding

31 August 2015

Today, our Conductor Laureate and long-standing friend Daniel Harding is celebrating his 40th birthday.

Daniel, we wish you a very happy day and look forward to sharing many more experiences with you in the years to come.

Daniel Harding has been with us from the very beginning, and it is no exaggeration to say that we have grown up together. Daniel was 22 years old when he first conducted our orchestra, and we were all about the same age. Over the past 18 years, we have travelled to 91 cities in 20 countries together, and Daniel has conducted the MCO in 361 concerts. Daniel, thank you for everything we have learned from you, and for the countless musical and personal highlights we have shared in the 82 tours with you. We look forward to many more!

Your Mahler Chamber Orchestra

1998, Aix-en-Provence

Daniel Harding, with MCO Founding Mentor Claudio Abbado and stage director Peter Brook, sitting by the pit at the orchestra’s breakthrough project in Aix-en-Provence, Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Shortly after this project, Daniel was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Elisabeth Carecchio

Two new leaders in the violins. Daniel and Claudio show us how it’s done…

Daniel Harding

Daniel Harding Photos: Archive Mette Tjaerby-Korneliusen

2003, Ferrara

Daniel Harding, now Music Director of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducting Dvořák’s Symphony no. 8.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Purdom-Archivio Ferrara Musica

2003, Lucerne

Checking out a new MCO brochure with concertmaster Antonello Manacorda and violinists Cindy Albracht and Paulien Holthuis.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Archive Cindy Albracht

2006, Lucerne Festival

Fun moment during the rehearsals for the World Premiere of Matthias Pinscher’s Flute Concerto, with soloist Emmanuel Pahud.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Priska Ketterer/ Lucerne Festival

2008, Turin

With Isabelle Faust on an Italy tour with Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Juzzolo

2009, Dortmund

Daniel conducting the very first project of the newly founded MCO Academy.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Georg Schreiber

2011, Tokyo

In summer 2011, the musicians voted unanimously to give Daniel Harding the permanent title of Conductor Laureate.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: K. Miura/Bunkamur

2015 – Happy Birthday Daniel!

We look forward to our next project, playing Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with you in spring 2016.

Happy Birthday Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves