Dutch–English violinist Daniel Rowland and Serbian–French cellist Maja Bogdanovic join forces in this exceptional musical partnership. Since forming their duo in 2018, they have performed all over Europe, including engagements at Veere Festival in the Netherlands and La Folle Journée de Nantes, France’s largest classical music festival. Engagements further afield have included the Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series, USA, and Festival Artes Vertentes, international festival of the arts in Tiradentes, Brazil. In December 2018 they appeared live on Dutch Television, as Paul Witteman’s guests for NTR Podium Witteman, where they played music by Glière and Vasks. They have also performed together at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including Kuhmo, Fejø and Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festivals, Stift and Trecastagni International Music Festivals, Musique en Charolais-Brionnais, Classic Con Brio Osnabrück, and Düsseldorf Chamber Jam Festival.
Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.
Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. Concerto performances in 2018 included Philip Glass with the Orchestre de Picardie and at the Kuhmo Festival, Lindberg Concerto in Joensuu, Berg in Dusseldorf and at the Stift Festival, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons in Dublin. In the first months of 2019 Daniel appeared with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, returned to Finland as soloist in Schnittke and Schumann and performed the Michiel van der Aa Concerto in Mexico and the Philip Glass in Stettin, Poland.
He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, most notably the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and has collaborated with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Bernhard Gueller and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from the core classical and romantic repertoire, Daniel is an enthusiastic advocate of 20th century and contemporary music, appearing as a soloist with ensembles such as the Nieuw Ensemble, Musikfabrik and Contrechamps. Recent highlights include the Berg Kammerconcert under Heinz Holliger, Saariaho’s Graaltheater and Ferneyhough’s Terrain – as well as Berio’s Sequenza at the Wigmore Hall.
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Gilles Apap, Alexander Lonquich, Priya Mitchell, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Lars Vogt, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Beethoven Festival Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau, Osnabrück and Oxford. The Stift International Music Festival, of which he is the founder and artistic director, sees its fifteenth edition in August 2019. This summer festival, held at an idyllic spot in the eastern Netherlands with concerts given in a 15th-century church renowned for its fine acoustics, has garnered widespread acclaim as a festival of exceptional musical intensity and intimacy.
Until May 2019, Daniel was first violinist of the renowned Brodsky Quartet. During his twelve years with the quartet he made many recordings, mostly for Chandos, and toured Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, the Far East and most of Europe. In March 2016 the quartet recorded the complete Shostakovich Quartets, live at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, to rave reviews.
Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London, an International Visiting Artist at RIAM in Dublin and gives Masterclasses all over the world. He plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden.
Maja Bogdanovic, hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence”, continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today.
Her concerto engagements include Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Berlin Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo Philharmonic, Bremerhaven Staatsorchester, Bergische Philharmonie, Slovenian, Belgrade and Macedonian Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Civico Schio, Lubbock Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Münchenner Kammerorchester, Sydenham Festival Orchestra, Serbian Radio Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Korean Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Salta Symphony Orchestra, Morelia Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Bartholomew Orchestra London, Vojvodina Symphony, Orchestre des Laureats du Conservatoire de Paris, and Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe, as well as chamber orchestras Dusan Skovran, St. George Strings and the Sejong Soloists.
The quality of her recital and chamber music interpretations continues to be applauded at many of the world’s leading venues and festivals which include the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau and Amphitheatre Sorbonne Paris, Palais des Congrès Nantes, Prinzregententheater Münich, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Kuhmo Festival, Beauvais Cello Festival, Festival du Périgord Noir, Giverny Festival, European Festival of Young Talents in Paris, Plaisir de Musiques Annecy, Arcachon Festival, Classiques d’Avenir Biarritz, Folle Journée de Nantes, Roque d’Anthéron, Zeist Festival in Holland, and Amsterdamse Cello Biennale.
Among her exceptionally wide repertoire, Maja is a particular champion of contemporary music. She has premiered works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Philip Sawyers, Nicolas Bacri, Eric Tanguy, Benjamin Yusupov, Ivan Jevtic and others. Most notably, her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began in France, with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and continued with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Among a select group of world-leading artists that have included Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others, she was invited to give a special performance in Warsaw for the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday, collaborating with Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Barry Douglas.
Continuing her work as a prolific recording artist, Maja has produced several internationally released CD recordings for the French label Lyrinx, as well as a Nimbus label recording of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra dedicated to her by the English composer Philip Sawyers. Her first CD for Orchid Classics, ‘Eastern Wind’, a disc of Glière and Rachmaninov with pianist Maria Belooussova, was well-reviewed following its release in 2018, The Strad praising her “eloquence and fervour”.
Laureate of leading international competitions, Maja Bogdanovic won the First Prize at the Aldo Parisot Cello Competition, received the Second Prize and the Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition, was awarded the special prize at the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and, in the same year, she also became a multiple laureate of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, as the recipient of the Third and two special awards. In 2008, the Safran Foundation for Music presented her the prize for achievements, and was the winner of the UMUS Artist of the Year Award in 2011.
Maja graduated with the First Prize at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss in addition to studying chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the UDK Berlin with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz, as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, Young-Chang Cho and Heinrich Schiff. Maja’s music education begun at a very early age with Prof. Nada Jovanovic at the Kosta Manojlovic Music School in Zemun, during which time she won the highest awards at national and international competitions in the Czech Republic, Austria, France and Italy.
Maja Bogdanovic plays a violoncello custom made for her by the renowned French luthier Frank Ravatin.
Outside her work with Daniel Rowland in this duo, Maja is represented in Europe by Leontien van der Vliet at Interartists Amsterdam, and in the USA by Schmidt Artists New York