Announcement / Auditions

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From the 2020/2021 season onwards Daniel Raiskin will become the Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic

25 SF Daniel Raiskin _Alexei Volodin 21 11 2019 © jan.f.lukas

From the 2020/2021 season onwards Daniel Raiskin will take over the position as Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. After studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Daniel Raiskin further developed his skills in masterclasses with a.o. Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula and Voldemar Nelson. At present he is the Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a guest conductor of a significant number of distinguished orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.


 “For many years the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has been regularly in touch with Daniel Raiskin. As a guest conductor of our subscription concerts and concert tours he was always bringing a lot of artistic impulses to the orchestra and his concerts were highly acclaimed by the audience, as well as the music critics. We are happy that in the near future our relationship will continue in a more intense manner.”

Marian Lapšanský, the General Director of the Slovak Philharmonic


“I have been privileged to perform regularly with the passionate and highly talented musicians of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade. Whether in Bratislava or on tour, in concert or in recording sessions– I have always admired the openness, dedication and curiosity of this traditional ensemble. This is an orchestra with its’ very own voice, and I feel honoured and excited about the opportunity to develop our artistic relationship even further!”

Daniel Raiskin

Daniel Raiskin will appear with the Slovak Philharmonic as guest conductor in three concert programmes within the 2019/2020 season.


“Daniel Raiskin is clearly a musician of sensibility, well versed in his craft; a further example perhaps of one last great gift of the old Soviet Union, the rigour and distinction of its conducting schools” (by David Gutman, Gramophone)

A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended the celebrated conservatory in his native city and continued his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg. First focusing on viola, he was inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich. In addition, he also took classes with Maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson und Jorma Panula. Raiskin, who cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes.

The engagements in the 2019/20 season include appearances with Daejeon Philharmonic, RTV Slovenia Symphony, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, State Academic Symphony of Russia “Svetlanov” and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker orchestras. Moreover, he will give his debut with Edmonton Symphony and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras. With the Winnipeg Symphony he will undertake an European tour with appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, DeDoelen in Rotterdam and De Singel in Antwerp among others. His regular guest engagements include the Athens State, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Iceland Symphony, Japan Century Symphony, Malmö Symfoni Orkester, Mariinsky Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Osaka Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, RTV Slovenia Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony, Slovenska Filharmonia Bratislava, Stavanger Symphony, State Academic Symphony of Russia „Svetlanov“, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Swedish Chamber and the Tonkünstler orchestras. His appearances in opera productions include Carmen, Shostakovich’s The Nose and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Daniel Raiskin is also relentlessly committed to sharing his knowledge and passion with young musicians around the world. He devotes his time regularly to working with youth orchestras in a.o. Canada, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Russia and South Africa.

Among the major soloists with whom Daniel Raiskin has appeared are Emanuel Ax, Alexander Buzlov, Renée Fleming, Nelson Freire, Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Natalia Gutman, Kari Kriikku, Simone Lamsma, Lang Lang, Francois Leleux, Jan Lisiecki, Alexei Lubimov, Tatjana Masurenko, Albrecht Mayer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Olli Mustonen, Steven Osborne, Julian Rachlin, Benjamin Schmid, Julian Steckel, Anna Vinnitskaya and Alexei Volodin.

Recent recordings include Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with the label AVI, both to great critical acclaim. His recording with cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel and the label AVI received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012. Other recent recording projects include a Louis Glass Symphony cycles and a concerto cycle with the entire concertos and rhapsodies by Aram Khachaturian, both with the label CPO, Lutosłlawski’s vocal-instrumental works with the label Dux and a recording of Alexander Tansman’s Isaie le Prophète and Psaumes with the label World Premiere Recordings.