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British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years. He was the youngest-ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its final six seasons and is celebrated for his musical versatility and creativity – as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with distinguished Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron.

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British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years. He was the youngest-ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its final six seasons and is celebrated for his musical versatility and creativity – as well as his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope appears as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with distinguished Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron.

Called “adventurous and brilliant” by the New York Times, Hope was also hailed by the London Observer as “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré.” A recent New York Times review summarized him as “a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style,” and noted: “In a business that likes tidy boxes drawn around its commodities, the British violinist Daniel Hope resists categorization. Mr. Hope, a compelling performer whose work involves standard repertory, new music, raga, and jazz, emphasizes thoughtful engagement over flamboyant display. In his most personal undertakings, he puts classical works within a broader context – not just among other styles and genres but amid history, literature, and drama – to emphasize music’s role as a mirror for struggle and aspiration.”

Hope begins the 2013-14 season with concerts throughout Europe and Asia, all with long-term collaborator Sebastian Knauer.and focusing on his recent Deutsche Grammophon release of Max Richter's Vivaldi Recomposed. On November 9, Hope commemorates the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a special “Tu Was” (“Do Something”) concert at the Paul Löbe Haus in Berlin. In December he celebrates the 90th birthday of legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, with whom Hope collaborated during his tenure in the Beaux Arts Trio, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Throughout the season, Hope performs with several leading orchestras, including Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the El-Khoury Museumsorchester, the Bergen Philharmonic and Orquesta Nacional de España. Other highlights of the 2013-14 season include Hope’s February tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra previewing The Hollywood Sound, his upcoming fall 2014 album release on Deutsche Grammophon; his eleventh season as Associate Artistic Director Savannah Music Festival in March; and performances with the Lucerne Festival Strings, who recently named Hope Principal Guest Artist.

During the 2012-13 season, audiences were treated to a European concert tour focused on his celebrated recording The Romantic Violinist: A Celebration of Joseph Joachim; the curatorship of a symposium on music composed at the Theresienstadt concentration camp; and the world premiere of Nico Muhly's Compare Notes at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Other highlights were the Japanese premiere of Birtwistle's Violin Concerto with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra led by Stefan Asbury; a performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at the BBC Proms; and Hope’s final summer as Artistic Director of Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, which hosted 125 concerts in over 80 venues.

 

In September 2011, Gramophone declared: "The remarkable British violinist Daniel Hope is a force to be reckoned with." An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2007, Hope has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and five consecutive ECHO Klassik Prizes. In 2012 Hope released The Romantic Violinist: A Celebration of Joseph Joachim. The album celebrates the great 19th-century Austro-Hungarian violin virtuoso, who was a friend and trusted collaborator of Brahms and the first interpreter and dedicatee of works by Bruch and Dvorák. 2013’s Spheres considers the idea first proposed by Pythagoras that planetary movement creates its own kind of music. This concept has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries, and Hope offers his own vision, presenting pieces by composers as diverse as Bach, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Arvo Pärt. Hope’s previous releases on the famed yellow label include Air. a baroque journey; Vivaldi Concertos, Arias, and Sonatas; Mendelsohn’s Violin Concerto and Octet for Strings; and Terezín/Theresienstadt. Hope previously recorded for Warner Classics and Nimbus, playing Bach, Berg, Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Foulds, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Penderecki, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Tippett, Walton, and Weill. His interpretation of Ravi Shankar’s compositions on the CD East Meets West was hailed worldwide and earned a Grammy nomination.

Beyond the concert stage, Hope has penned three books published in Germany: Familienstücke (Family Album); his best-selling memoir, Wann darf ich klatschen? (When Do I Applaud?); and Toi, Toi, Toi. He has written scripts for collaborative performance pieces with the Oscar-winning actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, such as “War and Pieces,” “Mozart Unplugged!” and “Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Someone Had to Do Something.” He also wrote “An Audience with Beethoven” for Mia Farrow, and “Forbidden Music,” which presents poetry and music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt. Some of these projects received premieres at the Savannah Music Festival.

When Hope was only eleven, he was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to play Bartók duos with him on German television. This launched a long artistic partnership consisting of over 60 concerts together, including Lord Menuhin’s final appearance in 1999, in which he conducted Hope’s performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Concerto.

Over the years, Hope has worked with such conductors as Hans Graf, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Michel Plasson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, and Christian Thielemann. Instrumental collaborators include Sting, Thomas Adès, Yuri Bashmet, Edgar Meyer, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jeffrey Kahane, David Finkel, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Jaime Laredo, Sebastian Knauer, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mark Padmore, Menahem Pressler, and Tabea Zimmermann.

Devoted to contemporary music, Hope has enjoyed close contact with composers such as HK Gruber, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. His 2013 DG album, Spheres, featured the world premiere recording of four works written for Hope. In 2008, Hope and Stewart Copeland, the former drummer of The Police, premiered Copeland’s Celeste for violin and percussion at the Savannah Festival. Hope also gave the world premiere performance and recording of the critically-revised Violin Concerto by Alban Berg. A Sunday Telegraph reviewer wrote of the CD: “I do not think I have ever heard a finer account of the Berg than Daniel Hope gives here, not only played to technical perfection but with its poignant emotional content realized to the full.”

Hope regularly directs chamber orchestras from the violin, performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, Lucerne Festival Strings, L’Arte del Mondo, and others. He has appeared at the world’s most important festivals, such as the BBC Proms and the Lucerne, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Tanglewood festivals. He has played in all the world’s most prestigious venues and with the greatest orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras as well as the major orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Dresden, Gothenburg, Israel, London, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna.

Hope plays the 1742 “ex-Lipiński” Guarneri del Gesù, placed generously at his disposal by an anonymous family from Germany. The instrument carries the name of its owner, the 19th-century Polish violinist Karol Lipiński, who shared the stage with Paganini, Schumann, and Liszt.

Daniel Hope lives in Vienna.

September 2013