D A N I E L R O W L A N D, Violin , and
A L B E R T O M E S I R C A, Guitar
Sonata no. 1 in A minor - from Centone di sonate, op. 64
Sonata no. 6 in E minor, from Six Sonatas op. 3
Cantabile for Violin and Guitar in D major, op. 17
Giuliani Grand Duo Concertant op. 85
Enescu Menetrier from Impressions d'enfance, op. 28
Bartók Romanian Dances
Tarrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra
De Falla from 7 Canciones populares españolas, arr. P. Kochanski and O. Pelmoine
Albeniz Granada (from Suite Espagnola Op. 47)
Piazzolla (selection from) Histoire du Tango
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.
Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly charismatic, colorful and adventurous performer. Concerto performances in 2018 include Philip Glass with the Orchestre de Picardie and at the Kuhmo Festival, Lindberg Concerto in Joensuu, Berg in Dusseldorf and at the Stift Festival, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, Michel van der Aa Concerto in Mexico and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons in Dublin.
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Marcelo Nisinman, Martin Frost, Elvis Costello and Lars Vogt. He is a frequent guest at many of the foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Risor and Sonoro. The Stift International Music Festival in Holland, acclaimed for its intimacy and atmosphere, of which he is the founder and artistic director, sees its 14th edition in August 2018.
Daniel is the first violin of the renowned Brodsky Quartet with whom he has recorded many CD’s for Chandos, and forms an acclaimed recital duo with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. The duo has recorded two discs: ‘Les Annees folles’ (Paris between the wars) for Gutman records and an all-Enescu disc for Champs Hill Records; both recordings were met with critical acclaim on release. A recording of the Chausson Concerto couple with the Franck Sonata is up next. Rowland’s discography also includes his acclaimed recording of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons.
He is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London.
Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Daniel plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
The American Record Guide praised Alberto Mesirca’s Scarlatti as “The best Scarlatti I’ve heard on solo guitar”, and Classical Guitar Magazine wrote: “Superb recording from the prodigiously talented Mesirca”.
He completed his Bachelor and Master of Arts at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto, in the class of the eminent teacher Gianfranco Volpato, ending them with highest score, “Summa cum laude” and special honor mention. Further studies were made at the Music Academy of Kassel, in Germany, with Wolfgang Lendle. His Konzert-Examen was praised with highest Honors. He won for two times the “Golden Guitar”, for best recording in 2007 and as Best Upcoming Artist of the Year in 2009.
With the collaboration of Hopkinson Smith and Franco Pavan he published the previously unknown and unpublished compositions by Francesco Da Milano which appeared in the Castelfranco Veneto 1565 Lute Manuscript, distributed now by Orphee Editions. The re-discovery led Dusan Bogdanovic to write a composition for Alberto on a theme of Da Milano called “Tre Ricercari sulla Compagna”.
He was nominated in 2009 assistant of the Guitar Class at the Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto.
In hundreds of concerts he has had the chance to work with excellent musicians such as Dimitri Ashkenazy, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Martin Rummel, Daniel Rowland, Domenico Nordio, Marco De Santi, Andras Adorjan, Peter and Jonas Giger, Mirko Satto, the Enesco, Ardeo and Acies string quartets, Quartetto d’Archi di Venezia, ChamberJam Europe and Ex Novo Ensemble.
The past two years have been characterized by an intensive period of performances, lectures and masterclasses which brought him to the Auckland University (New Zealand), the Guitar Foundation of America Convention (Georgia, USA), the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), playing the national premiere of a composition of György Kurtàg, after the recent collaboration with the composer, and for the Stradivari Foundation, the Silesian Guitar Autumn in Tychy (Poland) and the Festival Classique in The Hague, the Beethoven Festival in Melbourne (Australia) among many others, as well as performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Parma, Auditori Nacional in Valencia, Kunsthalle Wien, and for the Italian Institutes of Culture of Paris, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Barcelona.
In collaboration with Marc Ribot he recorded the complete guitar works of the Haitian composer Frantz Casséus; for this recording he was candidate for “Best Solo Performance” at the 2012 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.