Fabio Luisi Conductor
Born in 1959, Fabio Luisi is principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and general music director of the Zurich Opera. His tenure as chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, a post he had held since 2005, concluded in 2013. Luisi is Principal Conductor designate of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2017. After studying piano at the conservatory in his hometown of Genoa, Luisi went on to study with Aldo Ciccolini. He became interested in conducting and studied with Milan Horvat in Graz. Luisi was soon appointed conductor of the Graz Opera and Symphony Orchestra. Appointments with German, Austrian and Swiss orchestras, including Semperoper and Staatskapelle Dresden, followed. Luisi says that, as a conductor, he does not wish to impose his own interpretation on to the composer’s intentions, seeing himself merely as a performer of his work. Indeed, it is for that reason that he has no desire to study composition. ‘I am not a creator,’ he says. Be that as it may, this attitude has not kept him from leading the greatest orchestras in the world – including the Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – in the world’s leading concert halls.