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Steep Career: Weimar conducting graduate Lorenzo Viotti becomes Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and the National Opera

Lorenz Viotti | Photo: Marcia Lessa

Steep Career: Weimar conducting graduate Lorenzo Viotti becomes Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and the National Opera

The 29-year-old Weimar conducting graduate Lorenzo Viotti is taking the next, large step of his career: Beginning with the 2021/22 season, he will be the new chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands National Opera. With that, he succeeds Marc Albrecht, who will leave at the end of the 2019/20 season, after a ten-year tenure. Viotti conducted his debut with the “Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest” in 2018 with Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Netherlands Philharmonic is also the resident orchestra of “De Nationale Opera” in Amsterdam.

Lorenzo Viotti has served as the chief conductor of the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon since the 2018/19 season. “I am extremely happy about this great step for Lorenzo Viotti’s career!”, exclaims his former conducting professor at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Nicolás Pasquet. “It shows that the combination of extraordinary talent, industrious work, and unfailing visions pay off in the end towards a successful career. Lorenzo has all of these characteristics together with his endearing personality, and I am proud and thankful to have been able to accompany him for a short time along his educational path. Now I wish him every possible success in his new position in Amsterdam.”

The Swiss-born Lorenzo Viotti completed his Master’s degree in 2015 in the conducting class of Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, Prof. Gunter Kahlert and Martin Hoff at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar. Already at the age of 25, he won the “Young Conductors Award“ at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2015, the 11th International Conducting Competition of the Orchestra of Cadaqués as well as the first prize at the conduction competition of the MDR Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, the International Opera Award in London declared him „Newcomer of the Year”.

At only 29 years of age, Lorenzo Viotti has already conducted numerous renowned orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France in Paris, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Gewandhaus-Orchester Leipzig, the Munich Philharmoniker, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lorenzo Viotti was born in Lausanne into a French-Italian family of musicians. He studied piano, voice and percussion in Lyon. Later, he studied conducting under Georg Mark in Vienna and performed as a percussionist in various orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. Finally, he concluded his conducting studies at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.

[26 April, 2019]