Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further competitions in Europe. At his debut at the BBC Proms in 1992 the Sunday Times described him as one of the greatest exponents of the oboe in the world. Today one of the UK’s most distinguished soloists as well as a successful conductor, he has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields.
Nicholas has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, working under conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Sir Roger Norrington, Oliver Knussen, Richard Hickox and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In addition to his extensive experience in baroque and 19th-century music, he is an important force in the creation and performance of new repertoire for oboe, and has premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, Nigel Osborne, John Tavener and Sir Michael Tippett. Since his debut at the Promenade Concerts, he has appeared in this series on several occasions including the world premieres of John Woolrich’s Oboe Concerto, of Thea Musgrave’s Helios and, in 2007, her Two’s Company, written especially for him; he made his conducting debut at the Proms in 2004 in the Chamber series with the Britten Sinfonia.
An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet and enjoys a long history of collaboration with the pianist Julius Drake and the Maggini and Lindsay string quartets. His duo with Julius Drake was described in The Independent as “vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order.”
As a conductor, Nicholas has worked with orchestras in the UK and in Europe, most recently in Germany and in Sweden, and as Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia he conducts this award-winning orchestra regularly. He is oboist to the California-based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica and is Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen.
Recent engagements include appearances as soloist wih the National Orchestra of Spain, the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Pacifica, as well as appearances at the BBC Promenade concerts and in chamber music engagements at the Wigmore Hall. and in the Delft Chamber Music Festival Future engagements include his return to the Wigmore Hall in recital, appearances at the Delft and Aldeburgh Festivals, concerts with the Haffner Wind Ensemble and engagements in Poland and Finland as oboist and conductor. In addition, Nicholas Daniel continues to work with the Britten Sinfonia as oboist and as conductor and appears regularly at many festivals including Kuhmo International Festival of Chamber Music and the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.