INTRODUCTION

Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia.

Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with numerous orchestras and musical institutions around the world, from Scandinavia and Europe, through North America to Asia and Australasia. 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.

RECENT AND FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

Recent highlights with the Auckland Philharmonia have included a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies to celebrate the composer’s 250th anniversary, 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. He also conducted the New Zealand premiere of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, the latest in a sequence of annual concertante opera performances that has seen the orchestra undertake a varied repertoire including Verdi’s Aida and Otello, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. He also made his debuts with the Queensland Symphony and Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony, returned to conduct symphonic programmes with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, the Toledo Symphony, Canada’s Victoria Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. Previous years have also seen acclaimed 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 visit to Amsterdam’s legendary Concertgebouw Hall, in repertoire by Nielsen, Sibelius and Beethoven.

During the 23/24 season, Bellincampi conducts signature repertoire with the Auckland Philharmonia, including the fifth symphonies of Mahler and Mendelssohn, returns to conduct the Estonian National Symphony and Queensland Symphony, and makes his long-awaited debut with the Sydney Symphony.

Among his most recent/future engagements in Scandinavia are conducting Tosca at the Göteborg Opera (season 2023/2024), conducting the Aalborg Symfoniorkester (including Opera i Rebild in 2022 and 2023), the Aarhus Symfoniorkester, and the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in multiple concerts, leading the Copenhagen Phil in Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and in a concert at Tivoli Concert Hall, Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, Op.104 (B minor) with Sønderjylland Symphony Orchestra, and a Gala concert with Östgötamusiken.

BIOGRAPHY

AUDIO & VIDEO

Giordano Bellincampi w. the DKDM Symphony Orchestra and Aleksei Zaitsev – R. Strauss – Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra (2023)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – R. Wagner – Rienzi: Overture (2023)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Schubert – Symphony No 9 ‘The Great’ (2021)

Giordano Bellincampi and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” (2021)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – G. Mahler – Symphony No.5 (2023)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven – Symphony No.7 (2021)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Manon Lescaut – Act IV (2017)

Giordano Bellincampi and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Haydn – Symphony No.21 (2017)

REVIEWS

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – “The Revolutionary” – Completion of Auckland Beethoven Cycle – March 2023

“From the start, one sensed the immense joy of music director Giordano Bellincampi in carrying this project to completion…Throughout the evening, we could hear this deep love and respect, especially in the unsullied freshness and almost scampish humour that so livened the comparatively modest Eighth Symphony. The orchestra was in sparkling form, nimbly alert to Bellincampi’s finessed tempi and textures…”

– Willam Dart, New Zealand Herald

Norrlandsoperan – Colafelice tolkar Beethoven – September 2021

“The conductor really had the orchestra in his hand and despite Schumann being difficult, the music breathed light and forward spirit. It has a lot of the typical features of romance such as triumphant wind sounds and evoked impressive stunning sounds. The meditative third movement offered the listener melancholic moods. Giordano Bellincampi’s interpretation was high-level orchestral art.”

–Bengt Hultman, vk.se

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Beethoven Concert, “The Revolutionary” – August 2021

“[…], much of the success of the APO’s current Beethoven series lies with music director Giordano Bellincampi. The charismatic maestro has already swept us away with the grandeur of the Eroica, the youthful zest of the First Symphony and the unassuming grace and good humour of the Fourth.

Tonight, his individual touch was there from the opening bars of the Pastoral Symphony, its immaculately nuanced lines followed, within seconds, by a rustic, rollicking tutti.”

– Willam Dart, New Zealand Herald

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – “On The Danube” Concert – July 2021

“Bellincampi commanded the back-and-forth of this musical discussion superbly. As the second movement opened, the clarinet got another chance to shine and overall Bellincampi played up the pastoral elements of this movement, while also giving due emphasis to the chromatic harmonies Brahms employed in transitional passages. The cello section brought an intriguing bittersweet quality to the nostalgic opening melody of the slow movement and Bellincampi’s interpretation was deeply felt. A previously unseen darkness underpinned the final movement’s opening bars and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra playing here was thrilling, as effective in the movement’s powerful climax as in its hushed close.”

– Simon Holden, Bachtrack.com

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