IMG Artists is delighted to announce that Giordano Bellincampi will continue as another term as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO). The Italian-Danish conductor has held the position since the beginning of 2016; this three year extension will see the partnership continue through the end of the 2021 season.

APO CEO Barbara Glaser says, “We are delighted that Giordano has accepted our invitation for another term as Music Director of the APO. His rapport with the orchestra is palpable and together they create immensely beautiful work.

“He is a hugely talented and endlessly professional conductor and a delight to have around. His success with our audiences in this role is borne out in the uplift in subscriptions we have experienced since he became Music Director,” Glaser says.

On extending his relationship with the APO, Bellincampi says, “The orchestra and I have covered a lot of ground in the past two years and I am really excited about continuing to be a part of the inspiring development of the APO and the expansion of our repertoire. I am thrilled to accept this invitation and to continue working with this superb orchestra. It starts with the hugely exciting and diverse 2018 programme ahead of us in the immediate future.”

Highlights of the APO’s 2018 season see Bellincampi conducting Aida (as Opera in Concert) as well as music by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Beethoven, Nielsen and contemporary works by Poul Ruders and Eve de Castro-Robinson. Guest artists with whom he will work include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Kolja Blacher, Veronika Eberle and Thomas E. Bauer.

He will also conduct two performances at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre – Bellincampi & Mendelssohn and Bellincampi & Brahms – as part of the APO on The Shore series.

“Alongside his extension in Auckland, Giordano Bellincampi remains Chief Conductor of Norway’s Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2013. In the 17/18 season and beyond he returns to the Athelas Sinfonietta and I Pommerigi Musicali Milan, maintains relationships with a number of orchestras in his home country of Denmark, including the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the Aarhus Symphony, and conducts four programmes with the Toledo Symphony of Ohio”.