Daniel de Borah

Piano - Management: UK and Continental Europe

6th March 2014 - Presenting Daniel de Borah - New Video and Audio

Featuring excerpts from:
Chopin Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4
Chopin Ballade in F minor, Op.52
Rachmaninov Etude-Tableau in A minor, Op.39 No.2
Brahms Capriccio in D minor, Op.116 No.7
Recorded by ABC Classic FM Melbourne/Sydney

More about Daniel de Borah:

10th February 2014 - Daniel de Borah: Making the Complicated Simple

The above article was Published in both The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday

23rd January 2014 - ABC Classic FM Broadcasts during 2014

Here are some opportunities to hear Daniel de Borah via the following broadcasts of his performances during 2013 on ABC Classic FM. Times given are as in Melbourne:

Jan 23rd, 9.50pm
Prokofiev and Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Kristian Winther from the Melbourne Recital Centre, July 2013

Feb 10th, 8pm
Songs by Beethoven and Schumann with Andrew Goodwin from the opening concert of the 2013 Huntington Estate Music Festival

Feb 15th, 1pm
Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme with Andrew Goodwin, Sophie Rowell, Elizabeth Sellars, Sally Boud and Rachel Johnston from the 2013 Hunting Estate Music Festival

Feb 18th, 9.30pm
Solo recital of Brahms and Schumann from the Melbourne Recital Centre, September 2013

21st November 2013 - Daniel de Borah is at Huntingdon Festival

28th August 2013 - Daniel de Borah in the UK soon! Where to hear him!

4th September 2013 - 1:00 pm - St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Piano recital

28th September 2013 - 7:30 pm - Whitstable Music Society
Navarra Quartet and Daniel de Borah (piano)

29th September 2013 - 6:30 pm - Conway Hall
Navarra Quartet and Daniel de Borah (piano)

5th October 2013 - 7:30 pm - Sidmouth Music
Piano recital

Please see his UK concert schedule for full details here

2nd July 2013 - An insight - plus concert listing Australia and UK

This preview, published today in the Canberra Times, of Daniel's forthcoming recital with violinist Kristian Winther provides an interesting insight into Daniel's musical approach, background and training:

An internationally praised pianist and the violinist who leads the Australian String Quartet playing together in recital is surely an unbeatable combination to light up a cold Canberra winter afternoon.

Daniel de Borah and Kristian Winther will play three significant works of the chamber music repertoire when they give a concert at Wesley Music Centre on July 7: Mozart's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K.301; Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 94a and Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major Op. 47, the famous Kreutzer.

Both musicians were born in Canberra and trained at the Canberra School of Music.

''But it wasn't until last year that Kristian and I first played together when I toured Australia with the Australian String Quartet,'' de Borah says. ''From the first rehearsal it was clear to me that this was a musician I wanted to work with more closely.''

Winther says, ''We played the Shostakovich Piano Quintet together on that national tour. And after that Daniel was our guest artist at our Dunkeld Festival in Victoria. We get on well together.''

Soon plans for some duo concerts were in place.

What determined the ambitious program for their upcoming concert?

''We decided on this particular program because Daniel is very keen on Russian music and I've always wanted to play the Prokofiev sonata,'' Winther says.

''After playing the Shostakovich together we really wanted to continue the Russian theme,'' de Borah says, ''so our programs have grown from that germ.''

He thinks that the three works are linked by their varied approaches to classicism, ''from the archetypal classical composer, Mozart, through Beethoven, who sought to break the classical bounds, to Prokofiev, who found in them the ideal framework for his modern language.''

De Borah not only studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and the Royal Academy of Music in London but also at the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire, so his knowledge of Russian repertoire is extensive.

''Prokofiev is definitely a favourite of mine. I find his music very refreshing … a master craftsman,'' he says.

This sonata was originally written for flute and piano but the great Soviet violinist David Oistrakh persuaded Prokofiev to arrange the work for violin.

Winther says that the two musicians were friends who originally met through chess - not music. ''They once played a series of chess matches and the loser had to give a concert,'' he says.

Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata has a fascinating history and has been treated in many ways. On their November 2010 tour, the ACO played an arrangement for chamber orchestra by Richard Tognetti with the three movements interspersed with a dramatic portrayal by two actors of Leo Tolstoy's novella. This was then contrasted with a similar representation of Janacek's work of the same name.

Is this a valid treatment of a great work?

De Borah feels that great musical works speak for themselves and it's not necessary to find alternative ways to appreciate them. However, ''there are an infinite number of valid approaches to music making - that's the wonderful thing about it!'' he says. ''The important thing is that the music is always treated with the respect it deserves.''

Winther believes that the Kreutzer is ''the ultimate violin sonata''. ''In fact, it's barely a sonata at all - Beethoven called it a concerto,'' he says. ''The whole lineage of it - the sonata and then the book by Tolstoy and then Janacek wrote the piece based on the Tolstoy novel - so there was a sort of chain-reaction of creativity.''

To de Borah, this sonata is ''a truly grandiose piece replete with all the struggle and heroics we associate with middle-period Beethoven on the grandest scale.''

And how does the Mozart sonata fit with these two works?

''We needed something just that little bit calmer,'' Winther says. ''This two-movement sonata is serene and crystalline. I haven't played it for about 10 years now and it will be nice to come back to it.''

De Borah says, ''In this context, Mozart's concise G major sonata acts as something of an aperitif.''

Both musicians say they are looking forward to performing in Canberra.

''It's always a pleasure to return to the city where I grew up,'' de Borah says, ''and all the more so to share music with family and old friends.''

Winther says, ''I was born in Canberra but we went to Hong Kong very soon after. I'm just looking forward to playing in Canberra again.''

You can find details of all Daniel de Borah's performances, both in Australia and in the UK here

Original article

24th February 2013 - ABC Classic FM - Best of Sunday Live

Daniel de Borah's Melbourne recital with Anna McMichael (violin) - "A Musical Love Triangle" - for ABC Classic FM Sunday Live on December 9th,  was broadcast again today as part of "Best of Sunday Live".

The recording of the recital is available for the next 28 days and can be found here.

  • Brahms Violin Sonata no 2 in A, op 100 (19' 29)
  • Schumann (Clara) Romance for violin and piano, op. 22, no 10 (3' 06)
  • Schumann (Robert) Novellettes, Op 21, nos 1, 2 & 8 (22 '51)
  • Schumann (Robert) Waldszenen Op 82, no 7 "The Prophet Bird", trans Leopold Auer (3' 28)


12th January 2013 - Melbourne Recital with Kristian Winther

Australian String Quartet first violinist Kristian Winther joins Daniel for a recital of works by Beethoven and Shostakovich at the Melbourne Recital Centre in February. The concert will take place in the Salon at 6pm on Thursday 7th February.

16th September 2012 - 1st Prize Australian National Piano Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel de Borah has just won 1st Prize in the prestigious Australian National Piano Award competition 2012.
As well as being the overall winner, Daniel de Borah was awarded two special prizes for the best performances of works by Bach and of Chopin. Daniel de Borah's dates for his next UK tour are Fri 6th Sept to Wed 30th Oct 2013.
ANPA Press Release
ANPA Website

Limelight Magazine
ABC News
Herald Sun

25th August 2012 - Adelaide with Anna McMichael (violin)

Daniel reunites with violinist Anna McMichael for a recital in Adelaide on October 24th, performing works by Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann, Satie, Messiaen and Debussy. 
Please visit Chamber Music in Adelaide for more information.

4th July 2012 - ABC Classic FM Recording with Vernon Hill (flute)

In July Daniel will record a recital programme with his father, flautist Vernon Hill, for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. The programme includes works for flute and piano by Mozart, Schubert and Bartok, and solo piano works by Brahms. The recording will take place at the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney.

24th May 2012 - ABC Classic FM Broadcast - Shostakovich

ABC Classic FM will broadcast in full a concert given earlier this year at the Melbourne Recital Centre by the Australian String Quartet, including the Shostakovich piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 with guest pianist Daniel de Borah. The concert will be aired on Tuesday 29th of May on “Afternoons”, hosted by Damien Beaumont.

For full programme listings click here.

9th May 2012 - Schubert Die schöne Müllerin with Andrew Goodwin

Daniel will join Australian tenor Andrew Goodwin for a performance of Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin” at the Mosman Art Gallery in Sydney on June 2nd. For full details visit the Artsong NSW website.

19th April 2012 - Dunkeld Weekend of Music with ASQ

Following a highly successful national tour with the Australian String Quartet in March, Daniel will again join the ASQ for their annual festival in Dunkeld, Victoria. The Dunkeld Weekend of Music will be held twice in April from Sunday 15th to Tuesday 17th, and again from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd. Daniel will perform Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with members of the ASQ and Max McBride (double bass), and will also give a recital with tenor Andrew Goodwin performing a selection of lieder by Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler and solo piano works by Schumann.

18th April 2012 - Canberra International Music Festival

Daniel will feature prominently in a variety of solo and ensemble roles at the Canberra International Music Festival held from May 11th to 20th, 2012. For full details visit the CIMF website.

26th March 2012 - Excellent reviews - Shostakovich Quintet - Tour

"If these fine musicians have not yet made a commercial recording of Shostakovich's masterpiece, then they should do so. Interpretations of this calibre deserve to be heard by the widest international audience." The West Australian.  Reviews in full below. Please also see Daniel's Reviews Page here

The West Australian - Perth Concert Hall, March 12

The Australian - Adelaide Town Hall, March 7

The West Australian - Perth Concert Hall, March 12

The Melbourne Age - Melbourne Recital Centre March 14

The Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney City Recital Hall, March 15

8th March 2012 - Tour - Australia - with Australian String Quartet

Daniel De Borah has just begun his tour of Australia with the Australian String Quartet, performing Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, op. 57 

National Tour Dates:

Adelaide Town Hall, Wed 7th March
Brisbane Conservatorium Theatre, Thurs 8th March
Perth Concert Hall, Mon 12th March
Melbourne Recital Centre, Wed 14th March
Sydney, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Thurs 15th March














19th February 2012 - Beethoven Concerto no. 4 with Orchestra Victoria

Daniel will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4, op. 58 with Orchestra Victoria, Australia on March 23rd.

Further information on Daniel De Borah's website

13th February 2012 - Singapore Conservatory Recital

Following his visit to the UK, Daniel's next stop is Singapore where he will give a masterclass and recital at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music on February 16th-17th. Daniel will then return to Australia where he will embark on a national tour with the Australian String Quartet. 

Fuller details on Daniel de Borah's website here

10th February 2012 - Daniel de Borah joins Agency Roster

We are delighted to welcome Australian pianist Daniel de Borah to the Tashmina Artists roster. The agency will represent Daniel in the UK and continental Europe.