Violin

Daniel Pioro

“Daniel Pioro’s playing is the sound in my head when I write for the violin”

— Jonny Greenwood

photo credit: David James Grinly

Introduction

Daniel Pioro is a soloist, collaborative artist, and advocate for new and experimental music.

After making his debut at the BBC Proms in 2019, where his performance was described as “the most inventive and engaging” by The Daily Telegraph, Daniel continues to grow his international career.

The 2019/20 season sees him give the world premiere of Tom Coult’s first violin concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, and make his debut at the Barbican Centre performing a special arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending for violin, cello, viola da gamba and organ as part of their Contemporary Music series. Together with the Icelandic composer and producer Valgeir Sigurðsson, Daniel gives multiple electro-acoustic performances throughout the season, including his North American debut at the Big Ears Festival in 2020.

Daniel Pioro actively promotes new music and is interested in finding new ways of listening to and creating sound, as well as developing strong collaborations with composers, musicians, artists, and writers.

“Physical movement, the written and spoken word, colour, sound in all its many forms… they feed into one another and become greater for it.”

— Daniel Pioro


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Discography

 
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    DANIEL PIORO - OCTATONIC VOLUME 1

    Label: Octatonic Records

    Release Date: 24 Sep 19

    Johann Sebastian Bach – Partita no.2 in D minor

    allemande / corrente / sarabande / giga / ciaccona

    The first-ever release of Jonny Greenwood’s contemporary/classical record label, Octatonic Records, is a recording of Daniel Pioro playing Bach’s Partita no.2 in D minor. Produced by Greenwood, this record is symbolic of their shared love of Bach’s music and of each other’s creativity.

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    DANIEL PIORO - DUST

    Label: Bedroom Community

    Release Date: 29 Mar 19

    DUST is Daniel Pioro’s first album on the Icelandic record label, Bedroom Community.
    It is an album that spans four centuries of music writing and shows off his love of textures in sound, approaching ancient music as if new, and the meeting point between acoustic sound and electronics.

    Pioro describes title track Dust as a full exploration of the sound world a violin allows. The electronics meld with, lift, surpass and dance around the organic rawness of the strings.

    The piece is all my years of not compromising or diluting myself to the needs of others, compressed into one long musical expression. It is hope and birth and death and melancholy.

Interviews

“It’s a beautiful thing when you can learn from your collaborators, but it’s not the key to creativity”

Daniel Pioro in an interview with BBC, Mark Savage, 10 September 2019

Press

 
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    19 Feb 20 "Violin Concerto" by Oliver Knussen London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall, London

    “Considering some of the wild musical company he keeps (electro-acousticians, Jonny Greenwood) and a publicity photo featuring his bare feet, the rising British violinist Daniel Pioro stayed rigorously well behaved in this London Philharmonic concert with the guest conductor Vasily Petrenko.

    Well, Pioro was performing a masterpiece. Every one of Oliver Knussen’s works is masterly in some way, but his magical Violin Concerto of 2002 surely represents a pinnacle. Its achingly lyrical slow movement is framed by two quick-changing acrobatic displays, the music bathed throughout in the seductive, mysterious timbres and crystalline colour effects only possible with an orchestrator of genius. Brought in at short notice to replace an unwell Leila Josefowicz, Pioro conquered what had been an unfamiliar piece with flames of passion and high technical flair. I’ll happily hear him play anything, with shoes or without.

    The Times, Geoff Brown

    “…The composer himself has referred to the high-wire act that the soloist, here Daniel Pioro, replacing the indisposed Leila Josefowicz at short notice, is required to engage in. That is certainly true of the opening Recitative in which the exposed solo instrument demonstrates acrobatic agility, its lines interweaving with glittering wind, percussion and pizzicato strings.

    It was Pioro’s emphasis on the lyrical intensity of the piece, especially in the central Aria, which left the greater impression. With magical, ethereal sounds from both soloist and orchestra, the long expressive lines had a bewitching effect.

    Bachtrak, Alexander Hall

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    11 Sep 19 Prom 70: Jonny Greenwood’s "Horror Vacui” BBC Proms 2019
    Royal Albert Hall, London

    “…In Daniel Pioro’s wonderful performance, Biber’s piece came across as an impassioned oration, a million miles away from the ticking mechanisms and glassy otherworldly atmospherics of what was to come. It was a joy to hear it.
    Jonny Greenwood’s new piece, composed for Daniel Pioro and the 68 superb solo string players of the BBC NOW and BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, was on a different level of ambition. Horror Vacui was a delightfully naïve yet sophisticated exercise in re-imagining sound-effects obtainable in a studio, such as booming reverberations, or repeated “dying-away” echoes, or uncanny slidings of whole sound-complexes up and down. Every sad drooping phrase or vehement outburst or glassy high note from the violin was seized on and magically transformed by the string players, who were sometimes called on to blow into or slap their instruments.”

    The Telegraph, Ivan Hewett

     

    A stark opening from violinist Daniel Pioro, who performed the unaccompanied G minor Passacaglia that concludes Heinrich Biber’s Rosary Sonatas. A clean, crisp, and methodical reading of the piece, Pioro’s bright and flexible sound moved through the variations with quicksilver ingenuity and clarity.”

    Bachtrak, Benjamin Poore

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    06 Jul 18 “Pioro plays The Lark Ascending” Cheltenham Music Festival
    Cheltenham

    Daniel Pioro was the excellent soloist, capturing the essence of this essentially English masterpiece, The Lark Ascending, to such a degree that one wondered if the ascending lark had been joined by a mate, so floridly expressive was Pioro’s playing (including the odd unexpected turn). Brabbins was the consummate partner, and the BBC NOW backed its gifted soloist to the hilt – a very fine performance!”

    ClassicalSource, Robert Matthew-Walker