Giordano Bellincampi

Conductor

Music Director – Auckland Philharmonia
Conductor Laureate – Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia. 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, Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra from 2013 – 2018, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012 – 2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus 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. 

Highlights of recent seasons have included concert performances of Verdi’s Aida and Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Auckland Philharmonia, and gala performances of Wagner’s operatic and orchestral music with the Duisburg Philharmonic to mark the re-opening of the orchestra’s home in Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle, as well as a strongly-acclaimed visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall, in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven. He returned twice to the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and Canada’s Victoria Symphony, and conducted symphonic performances with the orchestras of Gothenburg Opera and NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, and led a gala performance of works by Nielsen and Glazunov at the Royal Danish Opera with members of the opera and ballet companies. His work with the Auckland Philharmonia included a gala performance to celebrate the renaming of Auckland’s Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, and a performance of a new horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen, co-commissioned with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Upcoming highlights in the 2020/21 season include his return as a guest conductor to the Duisburg Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony, and Kristiansand Symphony. With his Auckland Philharmonia he will conduct a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary, and continue his explorations of signature repertoire including Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Nielsen. He will return to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, for a specially-curated programme inspired his native city of Rome, bookended by Berlioz’s stirring Roman Carnival Overture, and Respighi’s glorious technicolour scores Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. He will make his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony, showcasing that orchestras soloists in a reduced-scale programme featuring Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Strauss’s virtuosic Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and debut with Portugal’s Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

Bellincampi has excelled 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 Third Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. 2016 saw 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.

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Reviews

“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

More Reviews

“Giordano Bellincampi is a conductor who physically conveys the sheer joy of music-making from the podium. With Schubert’s rarely-heard Third Symphony, one saw as well as heard that this was a score close to his heart.”

WILLIAM DART, New Zealand Herald Nov 19th 2018

“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 

“From the moment he walked onto the stage it was clear that Maestro Giordano Bellincampi had a clear musical direction and artistic intent.[…] Bellincampi brought his own creative insight to the table, imbuing the timeworn classic with new artistic life. […] His interpretation [of Beethoven’s Eroica] sang with romantic energy, seethed wonderfully with petulant turbulence, […] romped with playful abandon…”

WAYNE F. ANTHONY, The Blade Sep 29th 2017

“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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