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Marlon Daniel

  • Conductor
  • Pianist


Marlon Daniel has made débuts with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Cantus Firmus), the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Praga Sinfonietta, Hradec Králové and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in the Czech Republic and at several international music festivals including the prestigious Les Musicales de Pontivy Festival (France), (Santander Spain), Fontainebleau (France) and the 13th International Music Festival in Kroměříž, (Czech Republic).
In 2002 he had the honor of conducting a performance at the world première inauguration of the new MAYBACH Car sponsored by Daimler Chrysler and Mercedes Benz (DE), an event that received multimedia press coverage worldwide. He has received numerous prizes and awards including the 1st Hazel Scott Memorial Prize for Outstanding Musical Achievement (2003), a Rose Hanus Fellowship, the M.C. Lawton Civic and Cultural Club Grant for Musical Development, the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Capitol Region Foundation Grant for Arts in Education and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement bestowed by the late Mayor Harold Washington.
Although focusing his career as a conductor he continues to perform as a concert pianist and chamber musician. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, he holds both a Masters of Arts and Bachelors of Music degree. He also holds Diplomas from Le Conservatoire Américain (Fontainebleau France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albeniz (Santander, Spain), an Advance Performance Certificate from the American Conservatory of Music Young Artists Program and Post Graduate Diplomas from the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy.
He began to play the piano at an early age but did not receive formal training until age thirteen. His first teacher was Kathryn Gladden, a former pupil of Moriz Rosenthal (a student of Franz Liszt). Later he studied with Alexander Edelmann (of whom he was the last student), Arkady Aronov, Miyoko Nakaya Lotto and Salvatore Spina. Conducting studies were made with Harold Farberman, David Gilbert, Miriam Nĕmcová, Jiří Bĕlohlávek and Tomáš Koutník.
His musical development has been shaped by the influence of Dmitri Bashkirov, Gaby Casadesus, Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Larry Rachleff, Jerome Rose, Louis Salemno, Mariusz Smolij, Kirk Trevor, František Vajnar, Oxana Yablonskaya and currently Nicolai Lomov who acts as his mentor.
Mr. Daniel was recently appointed Associate Conductor of the Prague Sinfonietta. He is also the Music Director of both Ensemble du Monde and Manhattan Virtuosi chamber orchestras and a former member of the New York Philharmonic Conductor's Round Table. Upcoming concerts include orchestra, recitals and solo appearances in London, Norway, Paris, Prague, Moscow and New York.