Paul Daniel became Music Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine in 2013 and is also currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia. He held the same post at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth from 2009–2013. He has appeared as a guest conductor with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world as well as holding several permanent positions. From 1997–2005 he was Music Director of English National Opera; from 1990–1997 he was Music Director of Opera North and Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia; and from 1987–1990 he was Music Director of Opera Factory. Operatic guest engagements have included the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semperoper Dresden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Paul Daniel’s orchestral engagements have included performances with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, the OAE (with whom he recorded Elijah for Decca), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre de Paris, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orchestre National Bordeaux Acquitaine, Tampere Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Recent and future operatic plans include Gloriana for Covent Garden, a new commission by Judith Weir for the Bregenz Festival and Covent Garden, Lulu for La Monnaie in Brussels, a double bill of L’Enfant et les Sortilleges and Der Zwerg for Opéra National de Paris, Les Troyens for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, A Village Romeo and Juliet for Oper Frankfurt and Werther for the New National Theatre Tokyo. in summer 2019 Paul Daniel conducted the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child for Santa Fe Opera. With his own orchestra in Bordeaux he has given highly acclaimed performances of Tristan und Isolde, Elektra and Die Walküre. Orchestral engagements include concerts with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich, Hamburg Symphony, Munich Rundfunkorchester, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Australian National Academy of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and at the Bregenz Festival.
His many recordings include the hugely successful CD of Elgar’s Third Symphony on Naxos, and an expanding discography with Orchestra National de Bordeaux Aquitaine. His performance of Lulu for La Monnaie, with Barbara Hannigan in the title role, has been released as an award-wining DVD.
In February 1998 Paul Daniel received an Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in opera, and was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours list.