2021 Festival

Daniel Herscovitch

Daniel HerscovitchDaniel Herscovitch studied with Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music then, with the generous support of a German Government DAAD scholarship, under Professor Rosl Schmid in Munich. While based in Germany he performed extensively on the continent and in England and toured Australia three times. He also appeared at several international festivals including the Berlin Festival, the Zagreb Biennale and the Saarbrücken Tage der Neuen Musik.

Since returning to Australia he has been active in solo and chamber music, and has appeared at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the New Directions Festival and the Festivals of Melbourne and Sydney. He was a regular guest artist at the Sydney Spring Festival of New Music and has also toured for Musica Viva and New Zealand several times. He has appeared with Synergy, Flederman, the Song Company and the Australia Ensemble and has toured with The Seymour Group. He was a soloist in the first Australian performance of the Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos and has appeared in concert with Wanda Wilkomirska, Jane Manning, Clemens Leske, Gerard Willems, Bernadette Harvey, Vivian Choi and Ole Böhn.

Daniel has toured extensively including to Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, Europe and the USA. He has performed Bach’s monumental Art of Fugue on four continents and his last overseas tour included performances of Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis. Recent tours took him to Asia, the UK, Norway and Germany and he has visited Indonesia regularly.

Daniel’s solo repertoire ranges from Purcell to Carter and beyond, and includes contemporary Australian, Asian, European and American works, several of which he commissioned and premiered. He has also presented papers at conferences in Australia and Europe on ornamentation in Bach, Bach’s Art of Fugue, ornamentation in Beethoven, as well as on practice methods, and he is sought after as guest lecturer on subjects ranging from baroque performance to Bartók.

His recordings of repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st centuries have been released on Tall Poppies, Toccata Classics, CSM, Continuum, Biodiversity, Wirripang and ABC Classics labels. His recent CD of music by Roger Smalley was Editor’s Choice in the October issue of Gramophone, and two further CDs of works by Don Banks and Peter Dart are scheduled for release in the UK later this year. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at The University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has also lectured for many years in chamber music and piano pedagogy.

Unfortunately due to the NSW lockdown / border restrictions, Daniel Herscovitch is unable to appear at this time.  The Australian Piano Duo Festival looks forward to welcoming Daniel at a later date.