At the age of 32, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation and has been awarded as the «Best Newcomer of the Year» by the INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS 2013. He is presently the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, one of the well-known Italian symphonic orchestras and has been the Music Director of the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari between 2012 and 2014. The critic of THE TIMES has affirmed: «Clearly another rising talent destined for big things».
Daniele Rustioni studied in Milan, where he graduated as organist, composer and pianist. He studied conducting with Gilberto Serembe and continued at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena under Gianluigi Gelmetti and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2007 Gianandrea Noseda became his main mentor and gave him the chance to debut at the Teatro Regio Torino. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Daniele received Antonio Pappano’s personal guidance.
Daniele Rustioni regularly conducts the best Italian opera houses such as Teatro Regio Torino, La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as well as festivals such as Rossini Opera Festival. In October 2012 he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala with La bohème and was re-invited to celebrate Verdi conducting a new production of Un ballo in maschera in July 2013 and Il trovatore in February 2014. In March 2011 he appeared for the first time conducting Aida at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and returns regularly since. Also in the UK Daniele Rustioni has conducted at the Opera North and at the Welsh National Opera, where he came back in the fall of 2013 for an important «belcanto» project including new productions of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux with great acclaim by all critics. Daniele Rustioni made his debut in the US at the Glimmerglass Festival conducting Medea by Cherubini and returned for his debut with the Washington National Opera in March 2013 and for a tour with the Orchestra dell’Accademia della Scala in December 2013. HE will make his debut at the MET in the season 2016/17.
During the season 2013/14 Daniele Rustioni made debuts in Japan with the Nikikai Opera, at the Opéra National de Lyon with a new production of Simon Boccanegra, at the Bayerische Staatsoper for Madama Butterfly as well as at the summer season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Caracalla. The present season will see him conducting for the first time at the Opera House in Stuttgart, at the Teatro di San Carlo (both in Napoli and at the Budapest Festival) and at the Staatsoper Berlin, in addition to his return at the Teatro Regio Torino. In autumn 2015 Daniele will make much anticipated debuts at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Opernhaus Zurich, where he will conduct a new production of Il viaggio a Reims directed by Christoph Marthaler.
Daniele Rustioni has an intense symphonic activity: beside his collaboration with the Orchestra della Toscana he has already conducted the best Italian orchestras such as the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. He has also conducted the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic – where he will return in October 2015 – the Orchestre Philharmonique de Montecarlo and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He will be back in Japan in June 2016 for his debuts at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center and with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his return at the helm of the Kyushu Symphony.
During the 2014/15 season he will make debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with the Filarmonica della Scala.
Recording activities include Erwin Schrott’s opera arias album for Sony Classical.