Two time Chalmers-award winner Daniel Bard was born in Haifa, Israel,
where he began his violin studies. He moved with his family to Toronto in
1990 and then studied with David Zafer. He also worked with Lorand
Fenyves in Toronto, Peter Oundjian in the US, and David Takeno in
From 2007-2017 Daniel was a member of Trio Mondrian which won first
prize at the 2007 International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste,
Italy. The Trio has performed in prestigious venues including Wigmore
Hall, Concertgebouw, La Fenice in Venice, and has been named a BBT
fellowship winner in 2009. Daniel is also a member of the Israeli Chamber
Project, a chamber group active in both Israel and the USA.
One of the biggest passions of Daniel is the chamber orchestra. He has been invited by Tabea Zimmermann to guest lead Camerata Bern, and directed numberous projects with Sweden’s Camerata Nordica and Norway’s Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He has been the principal violist of the Amsteradm Sinfonietta from 2009 to 2016, and became concertmaster ofthe Basel Chamber Orchestra in 2017. Daniel has performed Meta Arca by Heinz Holliger with the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by the
Equally at home as a violinist and violist, Daniel is invited to play chamber
music concerts all across Europe and Israel. He has collaborated with
distinguished artists such as Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Antje
Weithaas and Shmuel Ashkenzi and performed in festivals such as Prussia
Cove and Musikdorf Ernen.
Lastly, Daniel enjoys greatly sharing his passion for music-making with the
next generation. He has lead both instrumental and chamber music classes at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the chamber music sessions of the Jerusalem Music Centre.
"The notes I handle no better than
many pianists. But the pauses between
the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.”
photo by Matthias Müller
Appointed leader since 2017