Surprise debut for Daniel Pioro

Exciting young violinist and collaborator Daniel Pioro has stepped in at the last minute to perform the late Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko this week. The performance, which takes place on Wednesday 19 February at London’s Royal Festival Hall and forms part of the orchestra’s 2020 VISION series, will mark Daniel’s debut with the orchestra as well as his first performance of the work.

Premiered in 2002 by Pinchas Zukerman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, Daniel describes the work as “vital music”, saying:

“There is a totality to this piece that defies its three-movement form. Sinewy and subtle, every gesture feels meticulous and vivid. Vital, too. I’m thinking about how simply I could explain this music to a child, and that’s the word that stands out right now. It’s vital music. There are no decorations, just lines that breathe fast and lines that breathe slow. I am serving some greater ideal in learning this music, not putting my own imprint on it.”

Following this week’s concert and his triumphant BBC Proms debut last summer, future UK dates include Daniel’s debut at the Barbican Centre in a cross-genre collaboration re-telling Richard King’s book The Lark Ascending through a seamless blend of music, visuals, spoken word and dance. He will also continue his relationship with the BBC Philharmonic, giving the world premiere of Tom Coult’s Pleasure Garden, specially commissioned by the BBC and the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Daniel will also perform the work at Snape Maltings, during the Aldeburgh Festival.

In March, he will make his North American debut, performing with close collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson at both the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York. Inhabiting a sound world that blurs the acoustic and the electronic, the duo come together for a set that draws inspiration from their shared love of textured sound, and the grey areas between noise and melody.

Discover more: “Meet Daniel Pioro: soloist, collaborative artist, and advocate for new and experimental music”

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