Daniel Draganov

Daniel Draganov

Daniel Draganov, born in 1969 into a family of musicians, received initial tuition in playing the violin from his father at the age of five. When he was ten he made his debut as a soloist in an orchestral concert in the Hamburg Musikhalle. At the early age of eleven he won the first prize in the Federal German competition Jugend musiziert. He studied with Jens Ellermann in Hanover, Sándor Vegh in Salzburg and - as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Programme - with Felix Andrievsky and Igor Oistrach at the Royal College of Music in London, where he won the Dove Prize in 1990. Even in his student years he gave concerts as a soloist with numerous orchestras and as a chamber musician.

Since 1994 he has been principal in the Duisburg Philharmonic, the orchestra of Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 1996 he was engaged as a member of the Bayreuth Festival orchestra, to which he still belongs and of which he is a representative. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed a great deal abroad, appearing in England, France, Greece, China, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Lebanon and the Czech Republic. He has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Musique de Eté in France and the Lebanon Music Festival.

He is part of a well-established duo with Thanassis Apostopopoulos which has given concerts regularly for more than ten years and recorded a CD of music by Janácek and Strauss. He has taken part in world premieres of works by composers like Mathias Kosel, Friedmann Dressler and Periclis Koukos. As first violinist in the Draganov Quartet he has toured extensively in Germany and abroad over the last 15 years. The ensemble has works of standard quartet literature in its repertoire, but also places special emphasis on contemporary music.

In 2009 he was appointed a member of the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, again in a leading position. Since then he has also become a member of the string quartett of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has worked with conductors such as James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Günther Wand, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons and Lorin Maazel, to name just a few. In the past years he has, besides his busy concert schedule, taken up an intense teaching career. He is teaching for the Music Council of the State of Hessen, the German-French Music Society, the Young Artists Festival Bayreuth, at the Belorussian State Academy in Minsk, the famous Rimskij-Korsakow Music College in St. Petersburg, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy in Japan and various master classes in China.

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