PRIZEWINNER AT THE 2018
BUCHAREST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION
ENSEMBLE DU MONDE
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE MUSIQUE SAINT-GEORGES
Artistic and Music Director
ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA NACIONAL DE CUBA
PAZARDZHIK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A laureate of the 2018 Bucharest Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition, Marlon Daniel is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation and has been described as "a natural and enormous talent" by the Chicago Sun-Times and as “fabulous and exceptional” by Pravda – Moscow. He is also winner of the 2014 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award and 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 worked with international artists that have included Rachel Barton-Pine, Yuriy Bekker, Sami Junnonen, Koh Gabriel Kameda, Julian Milkis, Magali Léger, Kristin Lewis, Norm Lewis, Phylicia Rashād, Eric Slberger, Russell Thomas and Deborah Voigt, to name a few.
He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement and the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work of bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur.
He was educated at Manhattan School of Music (United States), Le Conservatoire Américain - Fontainebleau (France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain), and the Prague Conservatory and Academy (Czech Republic), where he received his training in conducting while serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta and later the Assistant Conductor of the Sofia Opera and Ballet. He has also profited from the advice of Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as a James and Lola Faust Fellow, and Jorma Panula in Finland.
He is one of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African and African American descent and avid supporter of music by living composers and he has worked closely with and conducted première performances of major living composers. His recording “Phoenix Forever” (music of Hampson Sisler) on the MSR Classics label received rave reviews and was in consideration for a 2011 GRAMMY.
Mr. Daniel is former Artistic Director of the International Festival of Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent in The Bahamas, Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta, Associate Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta. He was also Director of the Diversity in Classical Music Program at Columbia University Teachers College and in 2016 was a Guest Lecturer at Yale University on the Arts and Social Change.
Currently he is Artistic Director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges, Music Director of the Colour of Music Festival, Music Director of Ensemble du Monde, and Guest Conductor of the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurter Sinfoniker and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba.