Daniel Reuss

Dutch choral and orchestra conductor (1961-)

Mastering a vast musical repertoire ranging from the 13th century to the present day, Daniel Reuss is widely known as one of the best choral conductors today.

Born in the Netherlands to German parents, Daniel Reuss studied choral conducting with Barend Schuurman at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

In 1982, he founded the Oude Muziek Koor Arnhem (ancient music choir), which he led to a very high level, while at the same time conducting the vocal ensemble VENUS between 1988 and 1998, consisting of 26 amateurs performing a combination of classical and modern choral repertoire.

It is thanks to him that Cappella Amsterdam became a full-time professional ensemble, one of the most sought after in the Netherlands, not only for their concerts but also for their participation in major productions, such as the Dutch premiere of the opera Marco Polo by Tan Dun in 1996.

While conducting several choirs all over Europe, he additionally taught choral conducting in Amsterdam. In 2006, invited by Pierre Boulez, Daniel Reuss taught and conducted at the Lucerne Festival Academy.

From 2003 until 2007, he was chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, and later began his own career as an orchestral conductor with Agrippina by George Frideric Handel at the English National Opera (February 2007).

Invited by many ensembles (The Netherlands Radio Choir, Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Köln, the Hilliard Ensemble, Accentus and many more), Reuss has been the artistic director of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir since 2008, succeeding Paul Hillier.

6 key dates in the life of Daniel Reuss

1990: Director of Cappella Amsterdam

1994: Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory

2003: Chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin

2004: Awarded the “Diapason d’or” for his Works by Martin and Messiaen 

2007: Reuss made his debut at the English National Opera

2014: Harmonia Mundi released the Stabat Mater by Francis Poulenc

Official website: Daniel Reuss

Biography from Radio France’s document database, March 2014