Principal conductor

Daniel Rasikin foto Peter BRENKUS

“Daniel Raiskin is clearly a musician of sensibility, well versed in his craft…” (Gramophone).

With his unmistakable artistic signature, Daniel Raiskin has become one of the most recognized conductors of his generation and had developed a broad repertoire beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes. 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 batton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher L. Savich. In addition, he also took classes with Maestri such as M. Jansons, N. Järvi, M. Horvat, W. Nelson and J. Panula.

From the 2020/2021 season Daniel Raiskin is the Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. In addition, he is Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since August 2018 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra from season 2017/18. Raiskin was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (season 2017/18), Chief Conductor of both, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz (2005 – 2016) and of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Lodz (2008 – 2015).

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 and South Africa.

Among the major soloists with whom he has appeared are E. Ax, R. Buchbinder, C. Crozman, X. de Maistre, R. Fleming, N. Freire, M. Fröst, A. Gerhardt, V. Gluzman, N. Gutman, D. Hope, K. Kriikku, S. Lamsma, L. Lang, F. Leleux, J. Lisiecki, A. Lubimov, T. Masurenko, A. Mayer, D. Müller-Schott, O. Mustonen, J. Rachlin, B. Schmid, J. Steckel, A. Vinnitskaya, L. Vondráček and A. Volodin.

Recent recordings include Mahler Symphony No. 3 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 for the label AVI, both to great critical acclaim. His recording with cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with J. Steckel (AVI) received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012. Other recent recording projects include a L. Glass Symphonies (Prize of Danish Radio) cycle and a concerto cycle with the entire concertos and rhapsodies by A. Khachaturian, Lutosławski’s vocal-instrumental works (Dux) and a recording of A. Tansman’s Isaie le Prophete and Psaumes (World Premiere Recordings). The latest CD with the works of P. I. Tchaikovsky was released by the Slovak Philharmonic in the spring of 2023.