Paul Daniel

British conductor and musical director (Birmingham, 1958 -)

British conductor, Paul Daniel has conducted many prestigious international ensembles and operas on the greatest opera stages. His discography with Chandos, Naxos, Linn, and Aeon rolls out a rich and varied musical repertoire.

Paul Daniel did his music studies at King's College, Cambridge and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Edward Downes. He joined the English National Opéra in 1982 as a teacher and also became musical director of several choirs, including the Wokingham Choral Society.

In 1990 he became principal conductor of the English Northern Philharmonia and musical director of the Opera North in Leeds. As director, he sought to promote a repertoire of new and underperformed operas such as Dukas' Ariadne and Bluebeard, Tippett's King Priam, Franz Schreker's Der Ferne Klang, Korngold's Violante and Britten's Gloriana. In 1997, he became musical director of the prestigious English National Opera, a position he held until 2005. With this very ensemble, Paul Daniel directed in 2002 the world premiere of Mark - Anthony Turnage's The Silver Tassie, an event-driven piece in English contemporary music.

Paul Daniel has worked with many international orchestras as music director and artistic advisor, such as the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Galicia Real Filharmonia in 2012. Since 2012, he has been appointed artistic and musical director of the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, replacing the Canadian-Caribbean conductor Kwamé Ryan.

Five landmark dates in the life of Paul Daniel

1997: Appointed Music Director of the English National Opera

1998: Laurence Olivier Award

1999: Gramophone Award

2005: Conducted the last concert of the festival "Proms".

2011: Applauded by the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra for its vision of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.