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.
A prolific opera and symphonic conductor, Manacorda has worked with many of the leading ensembles and opera houses. The 2016-17 season saw his acclaimed debuts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Camerata Salzburg and the SWR Sinfonieorchester, plus titles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, La Monnaie and the Komische Oper.
Manacorda recently completed a celebrated 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 and the recordings were awarded an ECHO Klassik in 2015 for Ensemble/Orchestra of the year. He has also 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. His current recording project for Sony Classical is a Mendelssohn symphony cycle with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, with the first two releases already achieving much praise from the international press.
The 2015-16 season included debuts at the Theater an der Wien conducting Rossini’s Otello with the Wiener Symphoniker and in August 2016 he conducted Berlioz’ Béatrice et Benedict with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for his Glyndebourne Festival debut. He will return to the Theater an der Wien during the 17-18 season to conduct Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will make his subscription debut with the Wiener Symphoniker. Other highlights of the current season include a return to La Monnaie and Frankfurt Opera and his debut with the Dresden Philharmonic.
Manacorda has also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Teatro la Fenice, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conducted the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella in Salzburg as part of the Mozartwoche. 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. 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.
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 updated: August 2017