In his new position as principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera (DNO), Lorenzo Viotti opened the 2021/22 season with Alexander von Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg and Joseph Haydn's Missa in tempore belli. He made his early DNO debut in September 2019, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana.
Viotti has already made a name for himself as both opera and concert conductor. He has conducted numerous concerts ranging from classical to contemporary repertoire and opera titles such as Gounod's Romeo et Juliette (La Scala, Milano), Manon Lescaut (Oper Frankfurt), Rigoletto (Staatsoper Stuttgart and Semperoper Dresden), Werther (Oper Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich), Tosca (Oper Frankfurt and New National Theatre Tokyo), Carmen (Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra national de Paris), Die Csárdásfürstin (Opernhaus Zürich) and Faust (Opéra national de Paris, recording and TV broadcast).
He has also won several major conducting competitions, including the Nestlé Young Conductors Award at the 2015 Salzburg Festival, the 11th International Conducting Competition of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and the Conducting Competition at the MDR Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he received the "Newcomer of the Year" award at the International Opera Awards in London. In 2019, he received the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis in the category 'Best Musical Direction'.
Among the many distinguished orchestras Viotti has conducted so far are the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Netherlands Philharmonic and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, which Voitti led as principal conductor for three years until the end of August 2021 and where he was able to attract new audiences also through special projects.
The young conductor’s debuts in the USA with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Canada with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal have been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
In January 2020, he stepped in for Emmanuel Krivine to lead the Orchestre national de France on concerts in Vienna and Bratislava. At the end of February 2020 Lorenzo Viotti also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time with concerts taking place in Berlin and Baden-Baden. The debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra planned for May this year had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to his worldwide concert engagements his future projects include Thaïs (Teatro alla Scala) and Tosca (DNO).
Lorenzo Viotti was born into a Franco-Italian, musical family. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon. Like his father Marcello Viotti, he chose to be a conductor. He took lessons in conducting with Georg Mark in Vienna, where he simultaneously performed as a percussionist in various major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued his conductor’s training with Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar. Viotti is a regular guest at orchestras where his father has been a conductor, including the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, which is father conducted in 1996 and 1999. According to most members of the orchestra, Lorenzo is quite different from his father, except in one respect: 'Lorenzo also sings along during rehearsals'.
Since its formation in 1985, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the resident orchestra of Dutch National Opera, with chief conductor Hartmut Haenchen as the first principal conductor in this special double role. Lorenzo Viotti succeeds Marc Albrecht, who bid farewell to the Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2019-2020 season.
You can see more of Lorenzo Viotti on his Instagram account.
Last update: 23 September 2021