At the age of 24, Daniel Pailthorpe was appointed Principal Flute of the English National Opera Orchestra, a position he held for ten years. He is currently Co-Principal Flute with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a busy freelance career appearing frequently as guest principal with many orchestras, notably the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is a founder member of the chamber ensemble The London Conchord Ensemble, with which he has recorded solo and chamber works by Thuille, Messiaen, Poulenc, Bach and George Crumb on the Black Box, ASV and Champs Hill Records labels.
A choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, he went on to pursue postgraduate flute studies at the Royal Academy of Music with William Bennett and was subsequently awarded the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, USA. He continued his flute studies with Geoffrey Gilbert and made his London solo debut in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series. Daniel is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and a keen advocate of the modern wood flute.