Lorenzo Viotti

Principal Conductor

The young Swiss conductor 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.

Born in Lausanne, he studied piano, singing and percussion in Lyon. He attended orchestral conducting classes under Professor Georg Mark in Vienna where at the same time he performed as percussionist in various major orchestras, among others the Wiener Philharmoniker. He continued his conducting classes under Nicolás Pasquet at the Franz Liszt-conservatory in Weimar.

Major international orchestras which Lorenzo Viotti has conducted so far include the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre National de France Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Tonkünstler Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Staatskapelle Dresden, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and others.

Three highly successful last minute engagements in 2016 marked also his debut with the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Chamber Orchestra. The artist celebrated a further much acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in August 2016.

He also conducted concerts at the Salzburg Summer Festival 2017 and shared a concert with Christian Thieleman on the occasion of the 50-year-anniversary at the Salzburg Easter Festival in honour of Herbert von Karajan. Among his latest engagements are his highly acclaimed debuts with the Mahler Chamber and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestras. Viotti will be appointed musical director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra from the season 2018/19 onwards.

As an opera conductor Lorenzo Viotti presented Offanbach’s La Belle Hélène at the Châtelet in Paris, Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio at the La Fenice in Venice, Carmen in Klagenfurt and Rigoletto at the Stuttgart Opera and the Dresden Semperoper, Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma! at the Opera in Lyon and Werther in Klagenfurt and Frankfurt.

Future engagements will lead him to the operas of Zurich for WERTHER, to Tokyo and Frankfurt with TOSCA, to Hamburg, Paris Bastille and Metropolitan Opera with CARMEN. He will also conduct the Gustav Mahler Yout Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Radio France.

Lorenzo Viotti has won the newcomers award at the International Opera Award 2017 and in September 2018 was appointed Principal Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, in Lisbon.