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. He has performed concertos such as those of Mozart, Elgar, Korngold, Berg, Prokofiev, Schnittke, Glass and Ferneyhough, with orchestras from Tromso to Cape Town. Concerto performances in 2018 include 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, Michel van der Aa Concerto in Mexico and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons in Dublin.
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, 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 partnership” with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. Their recording ‘Les Années folles’ (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Gershwin & 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. Daniel is also a founding member of the contemporary tango quintet ‘ChamberJam’ – “a group with the power of dynamite”, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung – and the group has now released its second ‘direct to vinyl’ record for Berliner Meister Schallplatten. 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).
He 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 Shostakovich Quartets, live at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, to rave reviews.
Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London 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. 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.