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Daniel Geiss

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Daniel Geiss, since 2020 artistic director of the Brixen Classics Festival and music director of the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra.

He studied violoncello with Janos Starker and Maria Kliegel, conducting with David Effron and Michael Luig, chamber music with Menahem Pressler, the Alban Berg Quartet, George Crumb and Philipp Glass.

Daniel Geiss is a regular guest at various chamber music festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Cantiere Internationale d’arte Festival, the Mosel Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, the Prague Music Festival, the Bristol Proms, the Porto Music Festival and Tokyo Spring Festival.

His music partners include such musicians as Daniel Hope, Lynn Harrell, Albrecht Mayer, Camilla Nylund, Johannes Moser, Juan Diego Florez, Sebastian Knauer, Jacques Ammon, Danish String Quartet and Nigel Kennedy. He has worked with such conductors as Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur and Marek Janowski and is a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.

As a conductor, he made his debut in 2013 in the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. In 2016 he conducted a concert of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, which was recorded for the movie “The Sound of Life”. In 2018 appearances took him to Budapest, Linz, Ljubljana, St. Petersburg and Graz.

In 2019 he gave his Japan debut at the Springfestival in Tokyo with the KiO „The Flying Dutchman“ under the direction of Katharina Wagner, he also conducted at the Musikfest Leipzig, tooking over the direction of the Bundesschulmusikorchester (German-National-Student-Orchestra) and he gave his Italian debut at the opening concert of the 44th Cantiere internationale d’arte Festival in Montepulciano.

In 2020/21 he conducted the opening concert of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, continued the Wagner cycle in Tokyo with „Tristan“, worked with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He led his first season as music director of the Brixen Classics Festival.

Daniel Geiß teaches violoncello at the Hochschule Mainz and the Peter-Cornelius -Conservatory in Mainz and gives masterclasses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, Portugal and Russia.

Daniel Geiß teaches violoncello at the Hochschule Mainz and the Peter-Cornelius -Conservatory in Mainz. He gives masterclasses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, Portugal and Russia.

His students have repeatedly won first prizes at the national and international competitions, such as Young-Musicians-Award Germany, Dotzauer Competition, international Lions Competition, „Cidade de Vigo Competition“, „Musica pro Arte Competition“. Former students are now members of orchestras in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Since 2014 he is Artistic Director of the innovative teaching concept KLANGLABOR, a guiding principle for a future oriented orchestra education, which holds projects in Mainz, Graz, Dortmund, Lucerne, Heidenheim (as part of the Opera Festival), Montepulciano, Leipzig and as part of the EUphony orchestra project in Linz, Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreb, Vienna, Ljubljana and Cluj. Since 2019 he was invited to be part of the faculty of the distinguished Hope-Academy in Berlin, were he will return in 2022. He also teaches as guest at the academy of music in Berlin.