Daniel Harding made his professional conducting debut in 1994 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, serving as assistant to Sir Simon Rattle that season. The following season, he served as assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Daniel Harding holds the positions of music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (since 2007), artistic director of the Ohga Hall in Karuizawa, Japan and conductor laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He was music director of he Orchestre de Paris between 2016 and 2018. Harding makes regular guest appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Berlier Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Harding has led opera productions at La Scala in Milan, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Royal Opera in London, the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera. The French government has bestowed upon him the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Since his first performance with the RCO in January 2004, which featured works by Britten, Adès and Lutosławski, Harding has returned to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra a number of times, conducting it in Amsterdam and on various tours. He led the orchestra in works by Bach and in Brahms’s Third Symphony in March 2016.