Artistic leader

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Ewald Danel studied the violin and conducting at the Ostrava Conservatory and the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava. He attended a conducting course with prof. Karl Österreicher and a choir conducting course with prof. Jan Wierszylowsky and completed his Doctorate studies with prof. Bohdan Warchal. After his studies he was Concertmaster of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak National Theatre Orchestra for two years. Since 1985 he has been the Concertmaster of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra with which he also appears as soloist and conductor. In 2001 he took over the position of Artistic Leader of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra from Bohdan Warchal.

Mr. Danel has performed on the stages of a multitude of European cities and abroad (Japan, Korea, Egypt, Panama, Brazil, the USA). He co-operates on a long-term basis with the Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal Săo Paulo, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Akita Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Harmonia Chamber Orchestra, and has also worked with the Klang Verwaltung München, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphoniker, Sakata Philharmony, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava a.o. He was the Chief Guest conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra from 2008 – 2014.

Apart from his conducting and solo activities with orchestras and solo recitals he has a wealth of experience in chamber music, mainly as the leader of the Slovak Quartet since 1986 and as co-founder of the Slovak Piano Trio from 1987. He stood at the origin of the Kubín Quartet (as violist) and played in the Musica aeterna ensemble for several years. From 1992 – 1996 he was Artistic Leader of the Bratislava chamber orchestra Cappella Istropolitana.

He co-operates in various chamber ensemble projects at home and abroad, and a significant part of his artistic activities is taken up by long-term cooperation with church and amateur choirs and musical groups as conductor and organizer, and composer of spiritual music. In 2012 he was awarded the Sebastian Prize for his outstanding contribution to the legacy of the works of J. S. Bach.

He taught at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava from 1987 – 1998, and from 1999 – 2003 and 2007 – 2009 he held the position of guest professor at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya in Japan. In 2001 he led performing masterclasses for Professional orchestral musicians at the Affinis Music Festival in Japan. At present he teaches at the Academy of Art in Banská Bystrica.

As the Artistic Leader of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra he leads many interesting projects, he has discovered several important unperformed compositions for the slovak public and has significantly participated in the performance of new slovak works. He initiated the Music in Churches cycle and introduced the idea of concerts for disabled citizens.