Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel

Get to Know COMF’s Orchestral Music Director, Marlon Daniel

“A natural and enormous talent.” These are the words the Chicago Sun-Times uses to describe Marlon Daniel. Russian news source Pravda prefers “fabulous and exceptional.” But no matter what terms are used to describe Daniel’s musical gift, no one can argue that he is one of the most dynamic conductors of his generation.

The Colour of Music Festival is fortunate enough to have Daniel at the helm as Orchestral Music Direction for the third year in a row.

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Backstage Founder and General manager, Lee Pringle and Maestro Marlon Daniel chat with musicians during the intermission of the Ode to Black Composers performance during COMF’s 2013 inaugural year.

“Maestro Daniel and our artistic team has conceived a brilliant offering for our 2015 Masterworks I and II,” says Lee Pringle, COMF Founder and Artistic Director. “His forward thinking ideas will make history with his programing all of St. Georges Sonata’s being performed for the first during a performance.”

Daniel was educated in both the United States and Europe. The prestigious institutions from which he has earned degrees are many: Manhattan School of Music; Le Conservatoire Américain – Fontainebleau (France); Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain); and the Prague Academy, where he received his formative training in conducting whilst serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta. He has performed in celebrated venues around the world — from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague — and he has received numerous prizes and awards, including the 2014 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement. In 2008, Daniel received a ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work of bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur.

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Maestro Marlon Daniel congratulating, Concertmaster, Josh Henderson after his stellar performance during COMF’s 2013 inaugural year.

In addition, he is one of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African and African American descent in the world, performing works from Saint-Georges to George Walker. In 2011, he conducted the Russian première of William Grant Still’s iconic Afro-American Symphony.

Join Daniel and the rest of the Colour of Music Festival musicians from October 21 to October 25 in Charleston, SC. Buy your tickets here.

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