Dutch/English violinist 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. In recent seasons he has performed concertos such as those of Mozart, Elgar, Korngold, Berg, Prokoffief, Schnittke, Glass & Ferneyhough, with orchestras from Tromso to Cape Town. Recent solo performances include the Korngold concerto with HET Symfonieorkest (Enschede), the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Eight Seasons with both the Ulster Orchestra and the Arcos Orchestra (New York) and Philip Glass Concerto with the Joensuu Symphony Orchestra (Finland).
As a soloist, Daniel Rowland has performed in some 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 founder and artistic director, saw its thirteenth edition in August 2017. 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.
Daniel forms an acclaimed recital duo (described by BBC Music Magazine as “the perfect duo”) with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. Their recording ‘Les Années folles’ (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Gerschwin & Antheil) for Gutman Records was released in June ’15 and was followed by their disc of Enescu violin/piano works for Champs Hill Records in November ’16. Both releases were met with critical acclaim in the press. He is also a founding member of the contemporary tango quintet ‘TANGO=ART’ with bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman. The group released its debut disc ‘Tangos del angel y del Diablo’ in Berlin on the Berliner MeisterSchallplatten label in June ’14; they have now made a second recording for the same label, which will be released later this year. Rowland’s discography also includes his recording of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons for Two Pianists Records which again received excellent reviews (“to understand the meaning of fabulous, listen to these Piazzolla Seasons”- Die Burger).
Daniel Rowland is the first violin of the renowned Brodsky Quartet with whom he has recorded many records, mostly for Chandos, and toured Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, the Far East and most of Europe. In March ’16 the quartet recorded the complete Shostakowitch Quartets, live at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, to rave reviews.
In demand as a soloist/director, Daniel has been invited to work with the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon, Portugal), the Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Scotland, the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra (Norway), the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, and the London Mozart Festival Orchestra, among many others.
Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London and gives Masterclasses all over the world. He is also a guest concertmaster with the BBCSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Daniel 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. Various successes at competitions include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden.