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 Glasgow 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, with a broad repertoire from Vivaldi to Ferneyhough. In recent seasons he has performed concertos such as those of Mozart, Elgar, Korngold, Berg, Prokoffief, Schnittke, Glass, Saariaho and Ferneyhough with orchestras from Tromso to Cape Town. Solo performances in ’15/’16 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 the Philip Glass Concerto with the Joensuu Symphony Orchestra (Finland).
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Marcelo Nisinman, Martin Frost, Elvis Costello and Lars Vogt. He is a frequent guest at many of the foremost international chamber music festivals, such as Kuhmo, Risor, Osnabrück and Sonoro. The Stift International Music Festival in Holland, of which he is founder and artistic director, saw it’s 11th edition in August 2015.
Daniel is the first violin of the renowned Brodsky Quartet with whom he has recorded many CD’s for Chandos, and forms an acclaimed recital duo with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. The duo recently recorded two discs: “Les Annees folles’ (Paris between the wars) for Gutman records and an all- Enescu disc for Champs Hill Records. Daniel is also a founding member of the contemporary tango quintet ‘ChamberJam Europe’ (according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung ” a group with the power of dynamite”), the group just recorded their second ‘direct to vinyl’ record for Berliner Meisterschallplatten.
Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London is also in demand as a soloist/director, and as guest concertmaster with the BBCSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Daniel plays on a Lorenzo Storioni violin, Cremona 1776.
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 an important musical impulse, and led initially 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.