Fabio Luisi

Fabio Luisi is Music Director at the Zurich Opera House, Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Danish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (DR Symfoni Orkestret).

He conducts the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, just to name a few. A former Principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Luisi has been honored with the Gold Medal and Gold Ring dedicated to Bruckner. His past engagements include Music Director at the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Sächsische Staatsoper, Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Artistic Director of the Leipzig Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Principal Conductor of the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Vienna and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony Orchestra.

Luisi received a Grammy Award for his conducting of the last two operas of The Ring of the Nibelung, and the DVD of the same cycle, recorded live at the Metropolitan and released by Deutsche Grammophon, was named Best Opera Recording in 2012. His extensive discography includes works by Giuseppe Verdi, Antonio Salieri, and Vincenzo Bellini; symphonies by Arthur Honegger, Ottorino Respighi, and Franz Liszt; music by Franz Schmidt and Richard Strauss; and his award-winning interpretation of Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. In 2015, the Philharmonia Zürich launched its own Philharmonia Records record label with Luisi's interpretations of Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, and Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, to which was recently added the rare performance of the original version of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony. Born in Genova in 1959, Fabio Luisi began his piano studies at the age of four and graduated from the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory in 1978. He later studied conducting with Milan Horvat at the Graz Music Academy.

Appointed 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 conferred by the city of Genova, for his contribution to the cultural heritage of the city.

He composed St. Bonaventure's Mass, the world premiere of which was performed at St. Bonaventure University in New York, followed by New York City in the MetLiveArts series.

When not busy at the podium, he is a passionate perfume maker.