Lorenzo Viotti

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Lorenzo Viotti
Born (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 32)
Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Percussionist
  • Conductor
Parent(s)Marcello Viotti
AwardsCadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition

Lorenzo Viotti (born 15 March 1990) is a Swiss conductor. He is currently music director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and chief conductor-designate of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and Dutch National Opera.


Born in Lausanne the son of conductor Marcello Viotti,[1] Viotti studied piano, voice and percussion in Lyon. In Vienna, he attended the conducting class of Georg Mark, and played as a percussionist with several orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. He continued conducting studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Nicolás Pasquet, completing his studies in 2015.[2] Growing up, he enjoyed playing funk and jazz music as a drummer, and played in his sister Marina Viotti's death metal band in order to have the "biggest possible musical vocabulary possible."[3]

In 2012, Viotti was recipient of the first prize at the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition. In 2015, he won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards.[1] He won the conducting competition of the MDR Sinfonieorchester in 2016.[2] He was chosen "Newcomer of the Year" at the International Opera Award 2017.

In January 2017, Viotti first guest-conducted the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and returned in the same season for a second guest-conducting appearance. In October 2017, the Gulbenkian Orchestra announced the appointment of Viotti as its next music director, effective with the 2018–2019 season, with an initial contract of three seasons.[4] In February 2018, Viotti first guest-conducted the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NedPhO). In April 2019, the NedPhO announced the appointment of Viotti as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2021–2022 season.[5] With this appointment, Viotti is scheduled simultaneously to become chief conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Lorenzo Viotti wins the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards". Gramophone. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Viotti wird Chefdirigent des Gulbenkian-Orchesters". Musik Heute. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ Siegal, Nina (3 September 2021). "'We're Like Athletes Here': The Maestro With a Gym Habit". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Lorenzo Viotti appointed Music Director of the Gulbenkian Orchestra" (Press release). Gulbenkian Orchestra. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Lorenzo Viotti nieuwe chef-dirigent bij het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest en De Nationale Opera" (Press release). Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Lorenzo Viotti Aangesteld Als Nieuwe Chef-Dirigent" (Press release). De Nationale Opera. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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Preceded by Music Director, Gulbenkian Orchestra
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