American Conductor Marlon Daniel is a protégé of the renowned Finnish pedagogue Jorma Panula. He has been described as “a natural and enormous talent” by the Chicago Sun-Times and as “fabulous and exceptional” by Pravda – Moscow. He is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation and is a bright light for diversity in the world of classical music. He has performed in prestigious venues in Asia, Europe and the United States, from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague.
A laureate of the 2018 Bucharest Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition, he is also a recipient of the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement.
Recently, he has made acclaimed débuts with Chineke! in London, the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Sofia Sinfonietta, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, where he was the first American to date invited since President Barack Obama’s historic lifting of the U.S. embargo in 2015, and the only African American to conduct the orchestra in its sixty-year history.
He is the world’s foremost exponent and interpreter of the music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges and a champion of works by living composers, especially of African descent. His recording “Phoenix Forever” (music of Hampson Sisler) on the MSR Classics label received rave reviews and was in consideration for a 2011 GRAMMY.
He has worked with international artists that include Rachel Barton-Pine, Yuriy Bekker, J’Nai Bridges, Janinah Burnett, Soloman Howard, Sami Junnonen, Koh Gabriel Kameda, Julian Milkis, Magali Léger, Kristin Lewis, Norm Lewis, Phylicia Rashād, Eric Silberger, Russell Thomas and Deborah Voigt.
He received his formative education in Europe and the United States and is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (United States) and the Prague Academy (Czech Republic). He also earned diplomas from Le Conservatoire Américain - Fontainebleau (France) and Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz - Reina Sofía (Spain). His conducting teachers have included Jiří Bělohlávek, David Gilbert, Tomáš Koutník, Miriam Němcová and Jorma Panula. He has also benefited from the advice of Sir Simon Rattle as a winner of the John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award and Iván Fischer at the Beethovenfest Bonn as the recipient of the James and Lola Faust Fellowship.
Mr. Daniel has held positions as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta, Principal Guest Conductor of the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra and has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University. Currently, he is Artistic and Music Director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges, Music Director of Ensemble du Monde (chamber orchestra), Director of the Diversity in Classical Music Project at Teachers College, Columbia University and has recently joined the faculty Fordham University as Director of Orchestral Ensembles, where he leads the Symphony Orchestra at Rose Hill and Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
Next season, he will make débuts at the prestigious Havana Mozart Festival, Opera Créole in New Orleans and release a new CD on the French label, Alpha Records.