- Zürcher Kammerorchester
- Daniel Hope direction, violin
The violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for 25 years and is celebrated for his musical versatility as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, whose previous recipients include Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Hope appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, also directing many ensembles from the violin. Since the start of the 2016/17 season, Daniel Hope is Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra – an orchestra with whom he is closely associated since his early childhood.
Daniel Hope was raised in London and studied the violin with Zakhar Bron. The youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its final six seasons, today Daniel Hope performs at all the world’s greatest halls and festivals: from Carnegie Hall to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, from Salzburg to Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (where he was Artistic Director from 2009 to 2013) and from Aspen to the BBC Proms and Tanglewood. Devoted to contemporary music, Hope has commissioned over thirty works, enjoying close contact with composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Peter Maxwell-Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Daniel Hope is one of the world’s most prolific classical recording artists, with over 25 albums to his name, which have won numerous awards.
Daniel Hope has penned four bestselling books published in Germany by the Rowohlt publishing company. He contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal and has written scripts for collaborative performances with the actors Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sebastian Koch and Mia Farrow. In Germany he also presents a weekly radio show for the WDR3 Channel and curates, since the 2016/17 season his own series “Hope@9pm”, a music and discussion event with well known guests from culture and politics at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
In early October 2017, the documentary film “Daniel Hope – The Sound of Life” was screened in European Movie Theatres.
Since 2004 Hope has been Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival. From 2018/19 he will begin a new role as Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco, being related to the orchestra since 2017 as Artistic Partner directing the Ensemble from the violin. In 2019 he will also start his new position as Artistic Director of the Frauenkirche Dresden.
Daniel Hope plays the 1742 ‘ex-Lipiński’ Guarneri del Gesù, placed generously at his disposal by an anonymous family from Germany. He lives with his family in Berlin.