“Daniel Raiskin is clearly a musician of sensibility, well versed in his craft; a further example perhaps of one last great gift of the old Soviet Union, the rigour and distinction of its conducting schools.”
Daniel Raiskin soon became recognised as one of the most versatile conductors of the younger generation. He cultivates a broad repertoire, often looking beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St Petersburg. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to study at the celebrated conservatoire in his native city where he focussed on the viola and conducting. Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, he chose to make a gradual transition into a conducting career. At the age of twenty, Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg, and was soon in demand as one of Europe’s leading viola players, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He also took classes with such maestri as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson und Jorma Panula.
Since 2005 Daniel Raiskin has been the Principal Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and since 2008 he has held the same title with the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Łódź. His regular guest engagements across Europe and Asia include appearances with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Dalasinfoniettan, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Estonian National Symphony, the Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Kraków, the Latvian National Orchestra, the Malmö Symfoniorkester, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Orquestra Nacional do Porto, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, the Orkest van het Oosten, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, the Polish Radio Orchestra Katowice, the Prague Radio Symphony, the Prague Symphony, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the RTE Orchestra Dublin, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Stavanger Symfoniorkester, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, the Ural Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Zagreb Philharmonic.
His frequent appearances in opera houses have seen him conduct Carmen directed by Calixto Bieito for the Dutch company Opera Zuid in 2006-2007, and also the following season at the Theater Koblenz where he conducted Shostakovich’s The Nose in November 2010. In summer 2011 Raiskin conducted an acclaimed production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the St. Margarethen Opernfestspiele in Austria.
Daniel Raiskin’s engagements in the 2013-14 season include repeat invitations as a guest conductor to the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Dalasinfoniettan, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Philharmonisches Staatorchester Mainz, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Ural Philharmonic and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. He will make his debuts with the Haifa Symphony, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Paraná and the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Raiskin has appeared with such renowned soloists as Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Natalia Gutman, Peter Jablonski, Janine Jansen, Kari Kriikku, Lang Lang, François Leleux, Alexei Lubimov, Mischa Maisky, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Steven Osborne, Enrico Pace, Ivo Pogorelić, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Benjamin Schmid, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Julian Steckel and Alexei Volodin.
Daniel Raiskin’s engagements in the 2014-15 season include debuts with Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the San Antonio Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and return invitations as a guest conductor with the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and further afield with the Belgian National and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestras.
Recent recordings include the entire Brahms symphonies with the label TwoPianists and Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony with AVI, both to great critical acclaim. His recording of cello concerti by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel with AVI received an ECHO Klassik award in 2012.
To discover more about the conductor please go to: www.danielraiskin.com.