Born in Oxford, DANIEL HARDING began his conducting career as Sir Simon Rattle’s assistant and made his international debut in 1994 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the Berlin Philharmonic for the first time in 1996 and since then, has received regular invitations from leading orchestras (including Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester, Concertgebouw-Orchestra, Bavarian Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra) as well as from major concert halls and opera houses. In 2005 he led the Opening Premiere of the season at La Scala, Milan. At La Scala, Milan, he has conducted Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro; at the ROH Covent Garden Turn of the Screw and Wozzeck, at the Bavarian State Opera The Abduction from Seraglio, and Die Zauberflöte at the Wiener Festwoche. Alongside several engagements at La Scala, he has also performed at the Berlin State Opera Aix-en-Provence Festival. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 2013 with the Flying Dutchman.