At 34, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most interesting orchestra conductors of his generation, and won Best Newcomer of the Year at the International Opera Awards (the Oscars of opera) in 2013. In 2014 he was appointed principal conductor of the ORT, extended until 2020, having previously appeared as guest conductor at the Michajlovskij Theatre in St Petersburg and musical director at the Petruzzelli in Bari. Since 2016 he has been the new principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon (a five-year engagement from September 2017). His debut as a very young conductor was at the Teatro la Scala in 2010, where he returned with La bohème (2012), a new production of Un ballo in maschera as part of the celebrations marking Verdi’s 200th anniversary, and a reprise of Il Trovatore in February 2014. In March 2011 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House with Aida, and returned with a hugely successful production of Elisir d’amore. Still in the UK, he was guest conductor at the Welsh National Opera for a new production of Così fan tutte and two bel canto Donizetti operas, Anna Bolena e Roberto Devereux, both of which received great critical acclaim. His US debut was at the Glimmerglass Festival with a new production of Cherubini’s Medea; he then returned for his debut at the Washington National Opera in 2013 with Norma, and for a tour with the Orchestra dell’Accademia della Scala in December the same year. Besides his work in opera, Rustioni is extremely active on the symphony scene: in addition to the ORT, he has conducted the most prestigious Italian and international symphony orchestras. He was educated in Milan, where he graduated in organ, composition and piano (with Gilberto Serembe). He continued his studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has also attended masterclasses with Gianandrea Noseda and assisted Antonio Pappano at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. In September 2016 his new CD was released by Sony Classical, dedicated to Giorgio Federico Ghedini and recorded with the ORT; this will be followed by two more in 2018, dedicated to Petrassi and Casella.