Daniel Hope (violinist)

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Hope playing a violin at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2016 rehearsals

Daniel Hope (born 17 August 1973, Durban, South Africa) is a British-Irish classical violinist.

Early life and education[edit]

Hope is of German descent, as his grandparents, formerly from Berlin, escaped Nazism.[1] His father is the novelist Christopher Hope, FRSL, and his mother Eleanor Hope worked as an assistant to Yehudi Menuhin.[2] At age six months, his family moved from South Africa to London, because of his father's anti-apartheid views.[3] In the UK Hope was educated at Highgate School[4] and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon. In 2011 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Violin by the Royal Academy of Music, where he had studied under Zakhar Bron and gained a diploma (DipRAM) and a fellowship (FRAM).[3][5]

Awards[edit]

In 2004 Hope won the prize for young British classical performer of the year at the Classical BRIT awards.[3] He has won the ECHO Klassik Prize five times, in 2006 as Instrumentalist of the Year.[6] He was awarded the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, presented at the Dresden Frauenkirche in October 2015.[7]

Career[edit]

Hope became the violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio in 2002.[8] His burgeoning career led to his decision to leave the Beaux Arts Trio, which in turn led to the decision to disband the ensemble.[9] The Beaux Arts Trio, with Hope as the final violinist in the history of the ensemble, gave its final concerts in August 2008.[10]

Hope has served as an associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival.[8] In April 2015 he was named the new music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, effective in 2016.[11]

Hope plays the 1737[12] Guarneri "ex-Lipinski" violin. He presented the 2013 documentary film The Secrets of the Violin, which explored the history of violin making from Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri to modern makers like Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

He has recorded commercially for Deutsche Grammophon.[13][14]

Hope and Tamina Kallert (de) were the presenters for the Eurovision Young Musicians 2016 in Cologne, Germany on 3 September 2016.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Hope is married to the double-bassist Annika Pigorsch. The couple live in Germany.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Backstage with Daniel Hope", Limelight, March 2015, p. 24
  2. ^ Christopher Hope (2009-08-07). "My son, the violinist". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kate Connolly (2007-09-27). "'Dear Daniel, that was enchanting'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Patrick; Davies, Ian (Ed) (1988). Highgate School Register 1833-1988 (7th ed.). p. 430. 
  5. ^ Daniel Hope (2016-03-29). "My mentor Yehudi Menuhin: 'I can still hear his beautiful sound'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  6. ^ "News: Germany's ECHO-Klassik Prize Winners Include Barenboim, Harnoncourt, Fleming, Schwarzkopf — And Two Head-Scratchers". PlaybillArts. 2006-06-29. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  7. ^ Duchen, Jessica. "Hope's prize for Europe". Amati Magazine online. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b James R. Oestreich (2008-04-05). "A Trio Winds Down, a Circle Closes, and Musicians Plan to Go On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  9. ^ Allan Kozinn (2008-04-08). "A Group Says Goodbye to Its New York Fans". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  10. ^ Tom Huizenga (2008-08-19). "Beaux Arts Trio Bids Farewell At Tanglewood". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Daniel Hope to replace Sir Roger Norrington in Zurich". Gramophone. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Hope calls it "1742".
  13. ^ Stephen Pritchard (2011-03-12). "Daniel Hope: The Romantic Violinist: A Celebration of Joseph Joachim – review". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  14. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2016-04-03). "My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin CD review – Daniel Hope's loving homage". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  15. ^ Fisher, Luke James (28 April 2016). "Daniel Hope and Tamina Kallert set to host Eurovision Young Musicians 2016". youngmusicians.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Roger Norrington
Music Director, Zurich Chamber Orchestra
2016–present
Succeeded by
incumbent