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Daniel Hope

Biography

Born: August 17, 1973; Duban, South Africa  
Described in his publicity materials as "the British violinist," as if he were the only one, Daniel Hope is at least the most versatile British violinist of the early twenty-first century. An advocate of contemporary music, he has also performed Beethoven and Schumann with the period-instrument ensemble Concerto Köln, recorded music inspired by Indian classical composer-performer Ravi Shankar, and partnered with actor Klaus Maria Brandauer in Read more conceptual projects involving music and the spoken word.

Hope's father, poet and novelist Christopher Hope, was persecuted in South Africa for his anti-government views, so the family fled to England when Daniel was six months old. His mother, Eleanor, got a job as secretary to Yehudi Menuhin. Daniel became a playmate of Menuhin's grandchildren, and although the old master was not a significant figure in the boy's life, he did inspire Daniel to take up the violin under the supervision of neighbor Sheila Nelson, one of England's top violin teachers to children. Hope went on to study with several Russian instructors at the Royal College of Music, then traveled to Hamburg to study from 1992 to 1998 with another Russian, Zakhar Bron. He also took degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

As a student in Hamburg, Hope developed a friendship with composer Alfred Schnittke (in 2003 he was entrusted with the premiere of the composer's recently discovered violin sonata from 1955), and would soon devote himself largely though never exclusively to the music of Schnittke and other living composers. He has commissioned works from the likes of Jan Müller-Wieland, Huw Watkins, and Roxanna Panufnik.

Hope's career began to take off in his mid-twenties, and in 2002 he was recruited on one week's notice to perform on tour with the Beaux Arts Trio. Almost immediately he was accepted as a permanent member of the ensemble and worked to spice up the group's fairly conservative repertoire with commissioned works by such composers as György Kurtág and Mark-Anthony Turnage to celebrate the trio's 50th anniversary.

Hope continued to perform and record as a soloist; in 2004 he won three major awards for his recording of the Berg and Britten concertos. He also serves as associate artistic director of the eclectic Savannah (Georgia) Music Festival. In 2004 he married double bassist Annika Pigorsch, a player in the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Amsterdam, the city where Hope has made his home base. He should not be confused with Daniel Hope, an American composer, born in 1972 in Baltimore, MD. Read less
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  • 26.
    Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition - Piano Sonatas, Violin Sonatas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4623362 Release Date: 09/19/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Maxim Vengerov,  Linda Nicholson,  Karl Engel  ... 
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    Arvo Pärt - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558182-83 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Alexei Lubimov,  Antal Eisrich,  Miklós Kovács,  Jurgen Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Tamás Benedek,  Antony Pitts,  Noel Edison  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra Strings,  Tonus Peregrinus  ... 
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Concertos, Sonata / Hope, Knauer, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61944 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sebastian Knauer,  Daniel Hope
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
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    Foulds: Mirage, 3 Mantras, Etc / Bickey, Oramo, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61525 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Foulds
    Performer:  Susan Bickley,  Daniel Hope
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    East Meets West - Ravel, Shankar, Etc / Daniel Hope, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61329 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ravi Shankar,  Béla Bartók,  Manuel de Falla,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Gilda Sebastian,  Asok Chakraborty,  Daniel Hope,  Gaurav Mazumdar  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mendelssohn, Dvorak: Piano Trios / Beaux Arts Trio
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61492 Release Date: 09/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Antonio Meneses,  Menahem Pressler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
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  • 32.
    Forbidden Music - Klein, Krasa, Schulhoff / Hope, Dukes
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5702 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Gideon Klein,  Hans Krása
    Performer:  Paul Watkins,  Daniel Hope,  Philip Dukes
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  • 33.
    Elgar, Walton: Sonatas For Violin And Piano;  Finzi: Elegy
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5666 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Gerald Finzi,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Simon Mulligan
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  • 34.
    Shostakovich, Penderecki, Part, Schnittke / Daniel Hope
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5631 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Arvo Pärt,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Simon Mulligan,  Daniel Hope
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  • 35.
    Schnittke, Takemitsu, Weill / Hope, Boughton, English So
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5582 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Toru Takemitsu,  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Simon Mulligan,  Daniel Hope
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra
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