“Since I was a child, I have dreamt of flying planes … but my dedication to music since I was young has prevented me. I am fascinated by the feeling and possibility of flying a plane … flying is an intellectual challenge, and it is also my new occupation. I have recently been awarded my commercial pilot’s licence, and I will join Air France as a co-pilot … so for the 2020-21 season I will take a sabbatical from conducting to dedicate myself 100-percent to flying.” [Daniel Harding, from an interview]

As a postscript, Harding is contracted to Swedish Radio until 2023 as konstnärlig ledare (artistic leader), but is stepping down from Orchestre de Paris at the end of this current season.


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