Jump to page content Skip to navigation
26 April 2019

Daniel Harding, between heaven and earth

by Anne Payot-Le Nabour

The CV leaves nothing to be desired: at the age of only 16, he became Sir Simon Rattle’s assistant, then Claudio Abbado’s, causing a veritable stir when he conducted Don Giovanni at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence seven years later, and again when he led the season opening of La Scala Milan at only 30 years of age. Ever since, he has pursued an impressive career which has most recently taken him to the position of Music Director at the Orchestre de Paris, not counting numerous appointments as Conductor Laureate, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
On the side, Daniel Harding is an aviation buff who has recently acquired a pilot’s license.

After several previous appearances at the Philharmonie, the conductor returns to Luxembourg for three concerts in the 2019/20 season. First, he makes his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, joined by Håkan Hardenberger as the trumpet soloist – an instrument the conductor once studied himself. This is followed by Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with its gripping orchestral development from darkness towards light.

The music of Mahler, whose champion Daniel Harding has long been, is a common theme in his residency: next, he leads the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in the composer’s Eighth Symphony, the «Symphony of a Thousand». The British conductor thereby invites the audience to a comprehensive journey into the profound depths of the symphonic repertoire – plus a detour through the world of Schubert’s songs, in which he and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra accompany the soloist of choice, baritone Matthias Goerne.


  • 27.02.2020 20:00

    Daniel Harding – Mahler 5 / OPL

    Has already taken place

    Ever since Luchino Visconti made the Adagietto an indirect main character of his film Death in Venice, this fourth movement of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony has achieved hit status and has made the work in its entirety one of the composer’s most frequently heard. The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg interprets the symphony under the leadership of this year’s artist-in-residence, Daniel Harding, who will present an Artist talk before the concert, starting at 7:30 pm. Furthermore, listeners to the concert on February 27 are invited to an encounter with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger who performs as the soloist in a classic of modern music for his instrument: Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Concerto «Nobody knows de trouble I see».

    Kulturpass bienvenue!

    Ce concert sera enregistré par radio 100.7 et retransmis ultérieurement.

  • 03.03.2020 20:00

    Daniel Harding / Matthias Goerne / Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Has already taken place

    On March 3, the Philharmonie’s current Artist in residence, Daniel Harding, returns to the Grand Auditorium to lead a concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and baritone Matthias Goerne. For the first time in a decade, Goerne will sing Schubert lieder again at the Philharmonie. As the worthy heir to a long tradition of German lied baritones, «he breathes this music», as Le Figaro writes. Prior to the concert, which also features Beethoven’s Große Fuge and Mozart’s «Prague» Symphony N° 38, the film The Fantastic Journey – A Portrait of Daniel Harding will be shown at the Salle de Musique de Chambre at 6:45 pm.

    Kulturpass bienvenue!

  • 24.05.2020 19:00

    Mahler 8 – Daniel Harding / GMJO


    NOTE:Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled all events up to the end of the current season 2019/20. This concerns concerts, workshops, guided tours and all further events.

    We will contact all concerned clients with information regarding the respective concert and refunds. Reimbursement proceedings are expected to require a certain amount of time, therefore we would kindly like to ask for your patience and understanding.

    We will of course keep you informed in case the situation might lead to further changes regarding concerts beyond the given date. We appreciate your understanding, thank you for your support and hope to see you again soon at the Philharmonie!

    The Philharmonie team