Daniel Rowland

Daniel Rowland

Daniel Rowland is a Dutch-English violinist who has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Biber to Berio and Vivaldi to Ferneyhough. Rowland loves championing contemporary composers and is a passionate advocate of concertos such as those by Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho and Van der Aa. 

In recent seasons Rowland has performed with orchestras from Tromsø in the north of Norway to Cape Town, and has worked with leading conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, Francois Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Anthony Hermus, Rossen Milanov and Andrey Boreiko. He has also performed with artists as diverse as Martha Argerich, Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Anna Fedorova, Jörg Widmann, Nino Gvetadze, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lars Vogt, Willard White and Elvis Costello. 

Alongside his extensive career as a violinist, Roland is also the founder of the Stift International Music Festival in Twente in the eastern Netherlands and worked 12 years as the leader of the Brodsky Quartet. Currently Rowland teaches at the Royal College of Music in London. Rowland is also a founding member of a cutting edge Tango Quintet with bandoneon composer Marcelo Nisinman and part of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic. 

Daniel Rowland was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his family moved to the Netherlands. Rowland has studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. An important milestone in his career was meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 which led to lessons in Paris and later to musical collaborations. Rowland’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden.

Photo: Marco Borggreve