Lorenzo Viotti

credit Silvia Lelli

At only 29, Lorenzo Viotti has just recently been appointed principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch National Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam, starting in the 2021/22 season. Viotti made his debut with Dutch National Opera earlier than planned, replacing Sir Mark Elder in the verismo double bill Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana in September 2019.

The young French-Swiss conductor, currently Music Director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, came to international attention as winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards 2015 at the age of 25 years and of the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition and the MDR Conducting Competition in 2013. In 2017 he received the International Opera Newcomer Award.

Lorenzo Viotti has already conducted numerous major international orchestras including the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Netherlands Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala and others.

The young conductor’s recent debuts in the USA with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Canada with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal have been highly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. In January of this year he stepped in for Emmanuel Krivine to lead the Orchestre national de France on concerts in Vienna and Bratislava. At the end of February Lorenzo Viotti also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time with concerts taking place in Berlin and Baden-Baden. The debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra planned for May this year had to be postponed due to the COVID19 epidemic.

Besides numerous concerts ranging from classical to contemporary repertoire, Viotti has most recently conducted Gounod‘s Romeo and Juliet (La Scala, Milan), Manon Lescaut (Oper Frankfurt), Rigoletto (Staatsoper Stuttgart and Semperoper Dresden), Werther (Oper Frankfurt and Opernhaus Zürich), Tosca (Oper Frankfurt and New National Theatre Tokyo) and Carmen (Staatsoper Hamburg and Opéra national de Paris).

A series of recent and future projects haven been cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic: Madama Butterfly (Semperoper Dresden), La Bohème (Opéra national de Paris), Carmen (Metropolitan Opera).

In September and October he conducted The Csardas Princess at Opernhaus Zürich. In addition to his worldwide concert engagements his future projects include Faust (Opéra national de Paris), Otello (De Nationale Opera Amsterdam) and Thaïs (Teatro alla Scala).

Lorenzo Viotti was born in Lausanne into a Franco-Italian family of musicians. He studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon and attended orchestral conducting courses with Professor Georg Mark in Vienna, where he simultaneously performed as a percussionist in various major orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued his conductor’s training with Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar.


As of January 2021