Daniel Raiskin, Principal Guest Conductor (from 2017/18)
“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.” (Gramophone, Feb 2012)
Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied 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 maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson and Jorma Panula.
Between 2005-2016 Daniel Raiskin has been the Chief Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and between 2008-2015 has held the same title with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Lodz. His regular guest engagements across Europe and Asia include the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Dala Sinfonietta, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Estonian National Symphony, Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Jenaer Philharmonie, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Krakow, Latvian National Orchestra, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, National Symphoyn Orchestra Taiwan, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orkest van het Oosten, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Polish Radio Orchestra Katowice, Prague Radio Symphony, Prague Symphony, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, RTE Orchestra Dublin, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Staatskapelle Halle, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen, Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, Ural Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic and Zagreb Philharmonic.
Among the engagements in recent seasons are engagements with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov and Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie, Jenaer Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, NFM Symphony Orchestra Wroclaw, Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Gelders Orkest), National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Durban and Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Among the major soloists with whom Daniel Raiskin has appeared are Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Natalia Gutman, Janine Jansen, Kari Kriikku, Lang Lang, Francois Leleux, Alexei Lubimov, Mischa Maisky, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Gerhard Oppitz, Steven Osborne, Enrico Pace, Ivo Pogorelich, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Benjamin Schmid, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Julian Steckel and Alexei Volodin.
Recent recordings include the entire Brahms symphonies for the label TwoPianists and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 for the label AVI Music, both to great critical acclaim. His recording of cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel for the label AVI Music received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012.