Born in Oxford, Daniel Harding began his career as assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he made his debut in 1994. Later he was assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Berlin Philharmonic and made his debut at the Musikfest Berlin in 1996.
Today Daniel Harding is Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and musical partner of the New Japan Philharmonic. Recently he was awarded the title of Conductor Laureate by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. His previous positions have included Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (2003-2011), Principal Conductor of the Norwegian Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (1997-2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (1997-2003) and Music Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (1997-2003). In autumn 2016 he will take over the position of Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris.
Daniel Harding is a regular guest with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala in Milan. Engagements as guest conductor have taken him to the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Oslo Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées as well as to the orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago.