Daniel Raiskin

Son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St Petersburg. He attended the celebrated conservatory in his native city and continued his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg. First focusing on the viola, he was inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich. In addition, he also took classes with maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson and Jorma Panula.

Currently Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Raiskin cultivates a broad repertoire and often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. The 2020/2021 season included appearances with Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Janáčkova Filharmonie Ostrava, Sinfonia Varsovia and Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Further ahead, he will give his début with the Warsaw Philharmonic and will return to Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. With the Winnipeg Symphony, he will undertake a Japan and a European tour with appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam and De Singel in Antwerp among others.

Raiskin was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (2017-2018), and Chief Conductor of both the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz (2005-2016) and Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lódz (2008-2015). His regular guest engagements include the Athens State Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Taiwan Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, San Antonio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Among the major soloists with whom he has appeared are Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Nelson Freire, Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Natalia Gutman, Kari Kriikku, Simone Lamsma, Lang Lang, François Leleux, Jan Lisiecki, Alexei Lubimov, Tatjana Masurenko, Albrecht Mayer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Olli Mustonen, Steven Osborne, Julian Rachlin, Benjamin Schmid, Julian Steckel, Anna Vinnitskaya and Alexei Volodin. Raiskin’s appearances in opera productions include Carmen, Shostakovich’s The Nose and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He is also relentlessly committed to sharing his knowledge and passion with young musicians around the world. He devotes his time regularly to working with youth orchestras in Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Russia and South Africa.

Recent recordings include Mahler Symphony No 3 and Shostakovich Symphony No 4 with the label AVI, both to great critical acclaim. His recording with cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel under the same label received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012. Other recent recording projects include a Louis Glass symphony cycle and a concerto cycle with the entire concertos and rhapsodies by Aram Khachaturian with the label CPO, Lutosławski’s vocal-instrumental works with the label Dux, and a recording of Alexander Tansman’s Isaïe, le Prophète and Psaumes with the label World Premiere Recordings.

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