Australian conductor, Daniel Smith, rapidly gained international acclaim after winning First Prize, the Golden Baton and the Orchestra’s Choice Prize, in UNESCO’s Fitelberg International Conducting Competition, as well as Second Prize in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. His third success was First Prize in the Luigi Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition along with the Orchestra’s Choice Prize in the Lutosławski International Conducting Competition.
Daniel’s musicality, energy and spirit create an infectious rapport with musicians and audiences alike. Following his highly successful debut as the first Australian to conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, he also conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Italy’s National Symphony Orchestra RAI, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Teatro Carlo Felice, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, South Netherlands Philharmonic and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Daniel has conducted at festivals including World Expo, Stars of the White Nights, Mozarteum Festspiele, Järvi Summer Festival, Estate Musicale Chigiana, Aspen Music Festival, Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, MiTo Festival and the Proms in Kraków.
“An amazing musician, an amazing conductor. On the one hand, he created passion, a musical game for skilful musicians and fire from all of the orchestra, on the other – a very professional conductor, one based on knowledge, education and intelligence and not just resulting from great passion and love for music” – Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio
Upcoming eagerly awaited debuts include the Czech Philharmonic, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France and his immediate returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Carlo Felice, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, Silesian Philharmonic, among many others.
2013 marked Daniel’s debuts at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the Mariinsky Theatre, conducting Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims (“A perfect production! and Daniel Smith.. it was as if the opera was written for him! The orchestra last night sounded amazing.” – Ekaterina Gudkova).
His success as an opera conductor results from his experience with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma where he worked on main operatic repertoire including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Der Rosenkavalier, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Tosca and Wozzeck (alongside directors Giancarlo del Monaco and Franco Zeffirelli). Daniel has also conducted Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Der fliegende Holländer and La Rondine.
His upcoming engagements in the opera will see him conducting L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and Il viaggio a Reims at the Opera Australia.
In March, Daniel launched his new charity foundation: “The Daniel Smith ‘Gift of Music’ Foundation”, personally purchasing and donating hundreds of tickets to those who could not normally attend due to financial constraint, terminal illness, blindness and disability.
Daniel studied conducting with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Hugh Wolff, Peter Gülke, Imre Palló and Harry Spence Lyth. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Fellowships from the Trinity College London, American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.