Direttore Principale Ospite of Teatro Carlo Felice in Italy, Australian conductor Daniel Smith rapidly gained international acclaim after winning First Prize, the Golden Baton and the Orchestra’s Choice Prize, in UNESCO’s International Conducting Competition (in memory of Grzegorz Fitelberg), as well as Second Prize in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. His third success was First Prize in the Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition along with the Orchestra’s Choice Prize in the Lutosławski International Conducting Competition.
Daniel’s musicality, energy and spirit create an infectious rapport with musicians and audiences alike. Following his highly successful debut as the first Australian to conduct The Mariinsky Orchestra, he has also conducted the Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Spain’s Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Palau des les Arts Reina Sofía, Italy’s RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo, Filarmonica Toscanini, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, New Japan Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony of Ireland, Indianapolis Symphony and the Danish National Symphony, among others.
Daniel has also conducted at festivals including World Expo, Stars of the White Nights, Mozarteum Festspiele, Järvi Summer Festival, Estate Musicale Chigiana Siena, Aspen Music Festival, MiTo Festival and the Proms, Kraków.
Upcoming eagerly awaited debuts include L’elisir d’amore with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and performances with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.
Daniel’s debuts at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Mariinsky Theatre, conducting Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, affirmed his success as an opera conductor.
“A perfect production! And Daniel Smith.. it was as if the opera was written for him!”
Ekaterina Gudkova, Il viaggio a Reims, Mariinsky Theatre
In recent seasons, he has worked on operatic repertoire including La traviata and Tosca (alongside director Franco Zeffirelli); as well as Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cavalleria rusticana, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, La fanciulla del West, Der fliegende Holländer, Gianni Schicchi, La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalier, Suor Angelica, Il viaggio a Reims, Wozzeck and An American in Paris.
Recently, Daniel launched his new charity foundation in Europe: “The Daniel Smith ‘Gift of Music’ Foundation”, personally purchasing and donating hundreds of tickets to those who could not normally attend due to financial constraint, terminal illness, blindness and disability.
Daniel studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Hugh Wolff, Peter Gülke, Imre Palló and Harry Spence Lyth. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Fellowships from the Trinity College London, American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.