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Daniel Dodds, Violin

"Who is this man? He truly could be Paganini's grandson!" , exclaimed Nathan Milstein to the audience when Daniel Dodds performed a Paganini-Caprice at Milstein's masterclass.

Born in Australia, Daniel Dodds performed his first concerts at the age of five. At 14 years of age Daniel Dodds lived with his family for a year in Linz, (Austria) where he visited the musicgymnasium. The positive musical experiences and atmosphere experienced during this year confirmed his wish to embark on a career as a professional musician. At the age of seventeen he left Australia, furnished with scholarships for Switzerland to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht . Attaining all diplomas "with distinction" he recieved further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and one of the grand masters of the golden age of violinists, Nathan Milstein.

A winner and prizewinner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel Dodds was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001 and now as of the beginning of the 2012/13 concert season has been appointed the artistic director of the renowned chamber orchestra, leading this orchestra in concerts around the globe.

In 2008 he was personally invited by Claudio Abbado to become a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the symphony orchestra with a star-studded cast of members that has been creating rave reviews throughout the classical music world and also appears as one of the Soloists of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in chamber music events.

Daniel Dodds's appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony, Thüringer Symphony and Zagreb Philharmonic, with concerts as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.

Daniel Dodds has performed an extensive range of chamber music works, from duo to nonett, from works of the early baroque period to world premieres of works by contemporary composers as well as crossover projects with jazz-, tango-, and far eastern elements.

His chamber music partners include Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolya Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Vivane Hagner, Daniel Hope, James Galway, Ivan Klansky, Jens Peter Mainz, Alois Posch, Rafael Rosenfeld, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld, Danuscha Waskiewicz and See Siang Wong.

Upcoming events include a concert tour of South America as leader and soloist with the Festival Strings Lucerne, concerts as co-concertmaster of the Australian World Orchestra, as well as an appearance with Martin Stadtfeld in Villingen Schwenningen with Mendelssohn's double concerto.

Daniel Dodd's recently released solo album with OehmsClassics, "Time Transcending" recieved high praise from fonoforum magazines in the United States, Europe, Switzerland and Japan.


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