Biography

Who is this man? He truly could be Paganini’s grandson!”  Nathan Milstein. Born in Australia, Daniel performed his first concerts at the age of five. At 14 years of age he lived with his family for a year in Linz, Austria, where he visited the musicgymnasium. The positive musical experiences and atmosphere experienced during this year confirmed music making as his vocation. At the age of seventeen he left Australia, furnished with scholarships for Switzerland to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht . Attaining all diplomas “with distinction” he received further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and one of the grand masters of the golden age of violinists, Nathan Milstein. A winner and prizewinner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001 and now as of the beginning of the 2012/13 concert season has been appointed the artistic director of the renowned chamber orchestra, leading it in concerts around the globe.
Daniel’s appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony, Thüringer Symphony Zagreb Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Australian World Orchestra with Zubin Mehta playing concerts as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia. Daniel Dodds has performed an extensive range of chamber music works, from duo to nonett, from works of the early baroque period to world premieres of works by contemporary composers as well as crossover projects with jazz, tango, and far eastern music. His chamber music partners include Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolya Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Vivane Hagner, Daniel Hope, James Galway, Ivan Klansky, Tobias Lea, Jens Peter Mainz, Alois Posch, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kathy Selby, Julian Smiles, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld, Danuscha Waskiewicz and See Siang Wong. His solo album “Time Transcending”, released by Oehms Classics has received high praise from fonoforum magazines in the United States, Europe, Switzerland and Japan. Upcoming events include chamber music concerts, concerts directing the Festival Strings Lucerne, and a debut with Sofia Philharmonic with Szymanowski’s violin concerto nr. 2 in February of 2016. Daniel Dodds plays the Stradivari “ex Baumgartner” from 1717 provided by the foundation of the Festival Strings Lucerne.