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Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994. Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera from 2005 - 2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 - 2006 and, between 1997 - 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark. Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St Petersburg Symphony, but also in North America, Asia and Australia. With an enormous repertoire embracing classical, romantic and contemporary music, he is particularly celebrated for his prowess in the Central European, Italian and Scandinavian symphonic traditions, and for his interpretations of significant choral and vocal works.  In 2015 he has focused on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen, performing a wide selection

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Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994. Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera from 2005 - 2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 - 2006 and, between 1997 - 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.

Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St Petersburg Symphony, but also in North America, Asia and Australia. With an enormous repertoire embracing classical, romantic and contemporary music, he is particularly celebrated for his prowess in the Central European, Italian and Scandinavian symphonic traditions, and for his interpretations of significant choral and vocal works.  In 2015 he has focused on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carl Nielsen, performing a wide selection of his works both in Denmark and abroad.

Highlights of his 15/16 calendar included his opening performances as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, featuring major works including Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, and concert performances of Verdi’s ‘Otello’, as well as further engagements with the Duisburg Philharmonic, including a strongly-acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven, and throughout the season featuring major works including Bruckner’s Fourth and Mahler’s Third symphonies. He returned to work with the Danish National Symphony and the Helsingborg, Tasmanian and Toledo Symphony Orchestras, as well as continuing to develop his profile with the Kristiansand Symphony in a variety of repertoire including Debussy, Respighi, and Barber, and the orchestra’s first performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

In the 16/17 season, Bellincampi will appear as a guest with the Sinfonia Lahti, the orchestras of the Gothenburg Opera and Staatstheater Kassel, the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck and the Toledo Symphony. With the Duisburg Philharmonic he leads gala performances of Wagner’s operatic and orchestral music to mark the re-opening of the orchestra’s home in Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle, and programmes ranging from Cherubini to Ligeti. His programming in Kristiansand and Auckland includes strong focus on the symphonies of Brahms, Schubert and Nielsen, vibrant orchestral showpieces such as Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and the tone poems of Richard Strauss, and a concert performance in Auckland of Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’.

He has excelled also in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with 'La Boheme' in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading their acclaimed new production of 'Aida' at the opening of their new theatre in 2005. He has also appeared extensively with Deutsche Oper am Rhein, with whom he closed the 12/13 season with a new production of 'Luisa Miller', and in 13/14 season he conducted further performances of 'Luisa Miller' and 'Norma' in addition to ‘La Boheme’  and ‘Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci’. Whilst Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Bellincampi conducted works such as 'Der Rosenkavalier', 'Der Fliegende Holländer', 'Tristan und Isolde', 'Don Giovanni' and 'Die Zauberflöte'. He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a much-requested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.

Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers from the classical era through to the present day including Holmboe, Lumbye, Joachim Andersen, Per Norgard, and the premiere recording of Weyse’s opera ‘Sovedrikken’, as well as Italian opera arias with Liping Zhang and the Prague Philharmonia, and Nielsen’s Thirds Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. 2016 sees the release of his first recording with the Duisburg Philharmonic, featuring Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with soloist Kolja Blacher.

As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy Giordano Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors, and he also regularly gives masterclasses and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions. In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture, and he also holds the title of Cavaliere from the President of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.

 

Updated in July 2016

 

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"A very polished and dramatic performance from the whole orchestra, demonstrating Mahler's breakthrough symphonic vision […] carefully weighted dynamics and contrasts from Maestro Bellincampi made sure we got coherence out of chaos."

TAKESHI ITO, Stuff Nation

"The authority and command of [Bellincampi’s] baton lead the symphony through Ottorino Respighi's orchestral Roman Trilogy with a full battery of emotions running the gamut from the sensitive. Careful attention to color, mood, and orchestration lead to an interpretation which was captivating, neatly defined, and which held the audience firmly in its grasp. He is to be congratulated in every respect."

WAYNE F. ANTHONY, The Blade

"When Bellincampi carves out these large gestures, one can feel how much passion he works into the melody. "

Rudolf Hermes, JB Press Der Wester

"It can not be repeated often enough: virtually all concerts with the Duisburg's new music director Giordano Bellincampi are a sensation."

Ingo Hoddick, rp online

"Ernest Bloch’s Winter-Spring offered more delicate adventures. Using only expressive hand gestures, the conductor captured the seasonal shift to perfection.... After the interval came Dvorak's... New World Symphony...Bellincampi coaxed the orchestra to surge through those heart-stopping sequences."

William Dart, Weekend Herald, Auckland

"Bellincampi scaled the orchestra to perfection..."

Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

"Duisburg is blessed to have won another great tonal aesthete with Bellincampi"

Pedro Obiera. GB Press NRZ

"Bellincampi, working without a baton, conducted with notable grace and a sense of musical ease that marked every note and shaped each phrase with sensual touch"

John Terauds, The Toronto Star

"After a brilliant concert at the sold out Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the musicians and musical director Giordano Bellincampi were showered with standing ovations and flowers. Although many listeners may have come mainly because of the violinist Sarah Chang, the enthusiasm for Bellincampi’s spirited interpretation of Beethoven's Seventh was virtually unlimited. And the Philharmonic brought out the bursting energy of the piece to its fullest without ever tiring. The sound remained transparent and rounded in all facets. To open the Duisburgers displayed blossoming and brilliant soundscapes in the rarely played and superbly thrilling Helios Overture by Carl Nielsen."

Pedro Obiera, Der Westen

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