At the age of 28, Daniele Rustioni is one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. He made his operatic debut with Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni at the age of 24 in the staging of Liliana Cavani at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, in January 2008: acclaimed by the public and the critics, he has been appointed as the Principal Guest Conductor of the second opera stage in St. Petersburg for the following two seasons. In October 2010 Daniele Rustioni made his debut conducting the historical Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's production of L'occasione fa il ladro by Rossini at Teatro alla Scala, Milan and he has been immediately re-invited to conduct La bohème in October 2012. In March 2011 he also appeared for the first time conducting Aida at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he will return for the season 2013-14. In June 2011 he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, one of the well-known Italian symphonic orchestras.
He studied at the Milan Conservatoire, where he graduated as organist, composer, pianist and conductor. He took part in conducting postgraduate courses at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition, he attended master classes with Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur and Gianandrea Noseda, who immediately became his main mentor. In 2007, he made his Italian debut with the Teatro Regio Orchestra in Turin where he returned in July 2008 to conduct La bohème and has since then established a regular relationship with this opera house (L'elisir d'amore and La bohème in 2009-10, Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly in 2011-12). For the 2008-09 season, he was appointed "Associate Conductor" at the Royal Opera House in London, where he coached Young Artist singers, joined the music staff in La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, Traviata, Matilde di Shabran and Tosca and received Antonio Pappano's personal guidance on operatic repertoire.
During the following seasons he has also developed his symphonic activity conducting the "Orchestra Haydn" in Bolzano, the "Orchestra 1813" in Como, the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, the Arena di Verona Orchestra, La Scala Academy Orchestra, the "Pomeriggi Musicali" Orchestra in Milan, thus leading to successful debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (November 2011) and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra (December 2011). As an opera conductor he led a new production of Norma by Bellini in the framework of the ASLICO program, made his debut at La Fenice, Venice in February 2010 with Il barbiere di Siviglia, at Teatro Comunale, Bologna in March 2010 with a new production of L'elisir d'amore.
Highlights of the season 2010-11 includes the debut at the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius with Madama Butterfly - where he will return in March 2012 with Le nozze di Figaro - the Verdi's Messa di Requiem with the Helsinki Philharmonic in Helsinki, a Bach-Hindemith project with "I Pomeriggi Musicali" Orchestra in Milan, his debut with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and at the Welsh National Opera with a new production of Così fan tutte and his US debut conducting a new production of Cherubini's Medea at the Glimmerglass Festival. In the autumn of 2011 he also made his debut with the Opera North in UK conducting Madama Butterfly.
He has opened the 2011-12 seasons of Arena di Verona with a new production of Falstaff and the 2012 season of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducting a new production of Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims. In March 2012 he conducted Erwin Schrott's latest opera arias album for Sony Classical.