"Spalding gave a stunningly tight performance, captivating the listener throughout. . ." Tarik O'Regan, London Observer
DANIEL SPALDING, MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Daniel Spalding’s distinguished conducting career has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of Europe’s top professional orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic, and London Mozart Players. He has appeared in France with Orchestre de Parisiens and at Eglise de La Madeleine conducting the Mozart Requiem with the Mozart Choir & Orchestra of Paris, in Russia with the National Russian Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Cappella Symphony Orchestra, in Yugoslavia with the Belgrade Philharmonic, in Romania with virtually all the state orchestras and opera companies, including five years as principal guest conductor of the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic, and in Poland with Filharmonia Opolska.
For over 25 years, Daniel Spalding has garnered international acclaim as music director of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Spalding has taken the Philadelphia Virtuosi to prestigious venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and twice to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, where it was proclaimed by the Palm Beach Daily News as the “classical highlight of the season”. The orchestra has performed in 29 states, at the Bermuda Festival and on three extensive tours to South America. In 2010, with a grant from the U.S. Department of State, they made their European debut at the Nomus International Festival in Serbia and also in Mexico. In 2014 Maestro Spalding led the Philadelphia Virtuosi on a tour to Russia that included sold out performances in Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The Philadelphia Virtuosi has recorded several CDs for Connoisseur Society, Naxos, New World Records, New Ariel Records and Arabesque that have received accolades worldwide, including Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice”, named one of the top 10 Classical CDs of the year by the Chicago Tribune and the London Observer, and as a finalist for a Grammy award.
Daniel Spalding has always been a committed educator, exemplified by his four years as Music Director of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, a nationally recognized youth orchestra program based in Washtingotn, D.C. His responsibilities included conducting the 125 member flagship American Youth Philharmonic and overseeing the conducting staff and coaches for 4 orchestras encompassing over 400 students.
Earlier in his career, Daniel Spalding served on the faculty at several universities. He has coached for the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and the Philadelphia International Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College. He has been a pre-concert lecturer for the Philadelphia Orchestra and has guest lectured at prestigious institutions like University of London and Westminster Choir College. He continues to be in demand as clinician, participating in over 250 music festivals on 4 continents.
Born in Kansas, Daniel earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees at Northwestern University School of Music. He pursued orchestral conducting studies at the Salzburg “Mozarteum” with Ferdinand Leitner, studied privately with Mircea Cristescu of the "George Enescu" Bucharest Philharmonic, John Shenaut and Max Rudolf, and participated in master classes with Leonard Slatkin and Pierre Boulez. He also served as an assistant conductor to Sergiu Comissiona at the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
“The musicians delighted the audience with a sparkling, velvety and amazing sound quality under conductor Daniel Spalding . . . in the Mozart, the Andante was executed with an exquisite and light feeling; in the presto, every nuance was brought to the fore and the instrumental control was of the first order.”
PERIODICO EL NORTE MONTERREY NUEVO LEON, MEXICO
“Daniel Spalding led the American Youth Philharmonic in a splendid concert . . . The orchestra showed an amazing sense of ensemble and intonation.”
“Daniel Spalding is one of the most innovative conductors on today’s music scene…Evocative lighting effects enhanced the entire concert. Daniel Spalding is clearly rethinking the concert format. His combination of interesting programming, thoughtful commentary, and flamboyant musicianship were altogether winning.”
MIAMI HERALD, USA
“The coordinator of this interpretation, full of sonorous fantasy, was the American Daniel Spalding, a young Maestro, but self assured, colorful, and full of fire.” TELEGRAF, CONSTANZA, ROMANIA
GROUP DAZZLES WITH PRECISION, FLAIR (headline) “Excitement was the key word at the Kravis Center Sunday evening, when the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra presented a fiery program . . . The ensemble of strings left nothing to be desired. The audience loved its performance, as evidenced by the shouts heard as the music ended . . . [and giving] a standing ovation. They recognized that they had heard a very unusual program of familiar and unfamiliar works played with precision and flair by a highly skilled ensemble. This spirited romp was nothing short of breathtaking.” PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS, USA
“Maestro Spalding directed the orchestra in a spontaneous manner and with great ease . . . the audience was moved by a performance full of passion, lyricism, and warmth.” NOWA TRYBUNA OPOLESKA, POLAND
“Conductor Daniel Spalding found a lovely, buoyant pulse that made the music sing . . . the exotic, staggering beauty of Mahler was conveyed with amazing precision and concentration.” CITY PAPER, PHILADELPHIA, USA
“A riveting performance at the Mozarteum . . . a truly magical evening. . . a night of outstanding music that left the audience hoping to be revisited soon by this American ensemble.” LA CAPITAL, ROSARIO, ARGENTINA
“Daniel Spalding and the orchestra performed with extraordinary virtuosity, drawing incessant and warm applause from the public.”
VOCE VAI, CAMPOS DOS JORDAO, BRAZIL
“Breathtaking . . . a well deserved encore and several curtain calls.” THE ROYAL GAZETTE, BERMUDA
“The musicians under Daniel Spalding seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience members were . . . the performance was marvelous.” THE TIMES, TRENTON, NEW JERSEY, USA