Marlon Daniel, conductor
“…a natural and enormous talent.”
Chicago Sun Times
“The artistry of Mr. Daniel is fabulous and exceptional.”
Pravda – Moscow
"…the outstanding young conductor Marlon Daniel
showed complete command of the scores."
“…one of the youngest and most prominent
pianist/conductors in New York today.”
Le Figaro - France Amerique
One of the most dynamic conductors of his generation, Marlon Daniel has been described as "a natural and enormous talent" (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda – Moscow). The winner of the 2009 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States that range from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague and several international music festivals. He has also appeared alongside several internationally renowned artists that have included Deborah Voigt, Julian Milkis, KalinIvanov, Koh Gabriel Kameda and Magali Léger to name a few.
He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement bestowed by the late Mayor Harold Washington and most recently the 2008 ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work of bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2010 Dove Award from National Association of Women for the Arts for Outstanding Musical Achievement.
Educated in both the United States and Europe, he has earned degrees from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world including Manhattan School of Music, Le Conservatoire Américain (France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain) and both the Prague Academy and Conservatory, where he received his formative training in conducting whilst serving as Associate Conductor of the PragaSinfonietta. He has also worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as winner of the James and Lola Faust Fellowship.
One of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African and African American descent, Marlon Daniel is also Artistic Director of the Saint-Georges International Festival in Guadeloupe and Principal Conductor of the Festival of African and African American Music, where he collaborates with some of the most prolific Black composers of today in their world premiere new works.
Most recently he has performed the new works of living composers Libby Larsen, GiyaKancheli, Fred Onovwerosuoke and EinoTamberg.