Milton Keynes City Orchestra Appoint New Music Director And Launch 2014-2015 Season
Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) has appointed Damian Iorio as Music Director to lead their artistic direction and work closely with the Board to create a sustainable future for the professional orchestra.
The MK Community Foundation STEP grant award to MKCO this year has enabled this appointment to be made, welcoming a world class musician to this key appointment with energy and ambition to enhance the cultural reputation of the orchestra.
Damian was born in London to a family of Italian and English musicians and after completing violin studies in Britain he embarked on a truly international career. He studied conducting in Russia before being appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Murmansk, where he subsequently became the catalyst in the subsequent success and growth in opera and concert. He has a wide range of repertoire which centres on the late romantic and early 20th century then to the earlier classical period and forward to contemporary work. Damian is at home in the great opera houses and concert halls around the world where he has conducted to great critical acclaim. He will make his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in early 2015. Damian’s full and remarkable biography can be seen on www.damianiorio.com .
The 2014-2015 season of concerts has been planned by Damian who will conduct the first concert on Tuesday 30th September 2014 at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Damian has chosen the exceptional talent of violinist Matthew Trusler to perform Elgar’s magnificent Violin Concerto as a centre piece to this concert, following Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla overture that also opened the MK Proms in the Park this year. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony will complete a very popular programme to set the scene for a wonderful season. Visit www.mkco.org for more details and tickets £10-£34 under 18’s £5.
Speaking of his appointment Damian said” It is with great pleasure that I begin my first season with MKCO following in the footsteps of Hilary Davan Wetton and Sian Edwards. This wonderful orchestra has been a foundation stone of the cultural life in MK for thirty eight years and I’m looking forward to developing my relationship with the orchestra and the concert-going public.”
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