Biography

Antonello Manacorda is currently Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam, a position he has held since 2010, and Principal Conductor of Het Gelders Orkest in The Netherlands since 2011. He was Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan from 2006-10.

A prolific opera and symphonic conductor, Manacorda has worked with many of the leading ensembles and opera houses. Recent highlights have included Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Teatro la Fenice, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and his debut at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mozarteumorchester in a performance Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella. In February 2014 he conducted a Beethoven Cycle over four consecutive days in Potsdam with Kammerakademie Potsdam, and is also a regular guest every year at the Concertgebouw with Het Gelders Orkest.

The 2015-16 season included an acclaimed debut at the Theater an der Wien conducting Rossini’s Otello with the Wiener Symphoniker and in August 2016 he conducted Berlioz Beatrice et Benedict with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for his Glyndebourne Festival debut. Symphonic highlights of the current season include debuts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg.

Manacorda recently completed a Schubert Symphony cycle for Sony Classical with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, which was met with high praise, including one being listed in Die Welt’s top ten CDs of 2013. The recordings were also awarded an ECHO Klassik in 2015 for Ensemble/Orchestra of the year. He has also recently recorded a CD of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson, which was released in November 2014 by Challenge Records. Manacordas’ next recording project for Sony Classical will be a Mendelssohn Symphony cycle with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the first CD was released in August 2016.

With a strong experience in opera, December 2014 saw Manacorda conduct the Kammerakademie Potsdam’s Winter Opera production of Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata to great critical acclaim. He also has a long-standing relationship with Teatro La Fenice, and the director Damiano Michieletto, and returned to La Fenice in November 2015 to conduct The Magic Flute. Future opera collaborations include La Monnaie, Bayerische Staatsoper, Komische Oper, and Frankfurt Opera.

A founder-member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Antonello Manacorda was its vice-president and concertmaster for eight years.  A scholarship from De Sono in his home town of Turin allowed him to pursue his goal of becoming a conductor by enabling him to study with Jorma Panula for two years in Helsinki. From 2003-06 he was Artistic Director for chamber music at the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence.

Last update: July 2016