Paul Daniel CBE

Conductor

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Biography

Paul Daniel is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia. From 2013 – 2021 he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine and 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 to 2005 he was Music Director of English National Opera; from 1990 to 1997 he was Music Director of Opera North and Principal Conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia; and from 1987 to 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 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 Lucrezia Borgia and The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera, 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, Hänsel und Gretel in Zürich, A Village Romeo and Juliet for Oper Frankfurt, Werther For the New National Theatre Tokyo, the world premiere of Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child in Santa Fe, and Elektra, Tristan und Isolde and Die Walküre in Bordeaux. Orchestral engagements, apart from his work in Bordeaux, include concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Munich Rundfunkorchester,  Australian National Academy of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and at the Bregenz Festival. He will return to Santa Fe in summer 2022 for Falstaff.

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, including discs of Wagner, Mahler and Tchaikovsky. 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.

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Reviews

  • Lulu

    Very impressive, too, are the orchestra and Paul Daniel, who is particularly adept at finding the score’s drama and beauty.

    Hugo Shirley Gramophone
  • Lulu – Théâtre de la Monnaie

    Daniel drew wonderful playing from the Brussels orchestra. His keen eye for the formal shaping of the music did not neglect the rich lyricism of Act III.

    Stephen J. Mudge Opera News

News

  • Paul Daniel to chair the jury of the Besancon International Conducting Competition
    16.03.21

    Paul Daniel to chair the jury of the Besancon International Conducting Competition

  • Paul Daniel CBE to return to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    22.01.18

    Paul Daniel CBE to return to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Paul Daniel CBE contract as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine extended to 2021
    25.05.17

    Paul Daniel CBE contract as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine extended to 2021

  • Paul Daniel CBE to take his Orchestre National De Bordeaux to Paris Philharmonie
    07.11.16

    Paul Daniel CBE to take his Orchestre National De Bordeaux to Paris Philharmonie

  • Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations shortlist announced
    03.08.15

    Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations shortlist announced

  • Paul Daniel conducts Tristan in Bordeaux
    02.03.15

    Paul Daniel conducts Tristan in Bordeaux