Daniel Rowland

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 charismatic, colorful and adventurous performer. 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.

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 and Sonoro. The Stift International Music Festival in Holland, acclaimed for its intimacy and atmosphere, of which he is the founder and artistic director, sees its 14th edition in August 2018.

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 has recorded two discs: ‘Les Annees folles’ (Paris between the wars) for Gutman records and an all-Enescu disc for Champs Hill Records; both recordings were met with critical acclaim on release. A recording of the Chausson Concerto couple with the Franck Sonata is up next. Rowland’s discography also includes his acclaimed recording of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons.

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. Daniel plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.