Marlon Daniel


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 include Yuriy Bekker, Koh Gabriel Kameda, Julian Milkis, Magali Léger, Rachel Barton Pine 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, 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 the Global 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 Praga Sinfonietta. He has also worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as winner of the James and Lola Faust Fellowship.

A champion of music by living composers, he has conducted premieres of works by Giya Kancheli, Matthew Kajcienski, Libby Larsen, Dominique Le Gendre, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Hampson Sisler, Patrick Soluri, Eino Tamberg and Lev Zhurbin to name a few.

He is also one of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African and African American descent in the world, performing works from Saint-Georges to George Walker. In 2011 he conducted the Russian premiere of William Grant Still’s iconic Afro-American Symphony.

Mr. Daniel is Founder and Music Director of Ensemble du Monde, Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Festival International Saint-Georges and Music Director of the Colour of Music Festival. Most recently he was Conductor for the Nassau Music Society’s Festival of Afro-Caribbean Composers and Co-Founder of the International Symposium on Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent sponsored by Atlantis Resort, French Alliance, Société Générale and the Embassy of the United States.