Daniel Lozakovich | Biography

Biography

Daniel Lozakovich
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“Lozakovich is a serious artist and demands to be taken seriously; he already plays like one of the greats, or perhaps one should say like one of the great players of the past. His tone … resonates with the Romantic warmth of such forebears as Christian Ferras or Jascha Heifetz.” Hamburger Abendblatt, August 2019
Daniel Lozakovich, whose majestic music-making leaves both critics and audiences spellbound, was born in Stockholm in 2001 and began playing the violin when he was almost seven. He made his solo debut two years later with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow, and before long had performed with, among others, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre National de France and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel has since gone on to work regularly with other such leading orchestras as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, and with some of the world’s most eminent conductors, including Vasily Petrenko, Leonard Slatkin, Andris Nelsons, Semyon Bychkov, Neeme Järvi, Klaus Mäkelä, Robin Ticciati and Lahav Shani. His chamber music partners, meanwhile, include Emanuel Ax, Khatia Buniatishvili, Seong-Jin Cho, Sergei Babayan, Martin Fröst, Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Hope, Shlomo Mintz and Maxim Vengerov.
The violin grapevine was buzzing with news about the amazing youngster from Sweden long before Daniel made his international breakthrough in May 2016, when he hit the headlines worldwide as winner of the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and, soon after, as returning soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in the closing concert of the XV Moscow Easter Festival. He signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in June 2016, soon after his 15th birthday. The deal made him the youngest member of DG’s family of artists. It also reinforced his status as a one-in-a-million virtuoso blessed with an entrancing range of expression and musicianship.
Shortly before he signed with the Yellow Label, Daniel was invited by fellow DG artist Daniel Hope to join him in recording a selection of Bartók’s Duos for two violins for Hope’s My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin album. Lozakovich’s first full recording for Deutsche Grammophon, made with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, was released in June 2018 and featured Bach’s two concertos for violin and orchestra (BWV 1041 and 1042), and his Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004 for solo violin. His debut album was a great success, reaching No.1 in the French Amazon charts (all music categories), and No.1 in Germany’s classical album chart.
None but the Lonely Heart, Lozakovich’s second album, was released in October 2019. Dedicated to the music of Tchaikovsky, it includes the Violin Concerto, recorded live with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and Spivakov (“a committed, restrained and profound reading, of peerless musicality”, classiquenews.com), the Méditation for violin and orchestra and arrangements of two vocal works, Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin and the song from which the album takes its name: the Romance, Op.6 No.6, “None but the lonely heart”.
For his latest album Daniel has joined forces with his mentor Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a live recording of the composer’s Violin Concerto, a work he considers “the greatest concerto ever written”. Available as an e-album video since 5 June 2020, the recording is set for release on CD and as an e-album on 21 August.
Having begun the 2019–20 season by performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Gergiev in Montreux and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Nathalie Stutzmann in Dublin, Daniel then travelled to the US to make a much anticipated debut with the LA Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, giving three performances of the Tchaikovsky Concerto. In November he returned to the US for further appearances in the Tchaikovsky, making his subscription series debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Nelsons, before performing the same work in Toronto and at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon. He ended 2019 with a series of appearances in Munich and Amsterdam, playing the Beethoven Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic and Gergiev. In February 2020 he made his debut with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, giving two performances of the Mendelssohn Concerto at the closing concerts of the Canary Islands International Music Festival.
His plans for next season include appearances at the Tsinandali Festival in Georgia; the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain; the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Wiener Kammerorchester and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.
In addition to his victory at the Spivakov Competition, Daniel Lozakovich has been awarded many other prizes, including the 2017 “Young Artist of the Year” award at the Festival of the Nations (Germany), the 2017 “Young Talent” award at the Premios Excelentia (Spain) and the 2019 “Promising Young Artist” award at the Premios Batuta (Mexico).
He began studying with Professor Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe University of Music in 2012, and since 2015 has been mentored by Eduard Wulfson in Geneva. He plays both the “ex-Baron Rothschild” Stradivari, on generous loan on behalf of the owner by Reuning & Son (Boston) and Eduard Wulfson, and the Le Reynier Stradivarius (1727), kindly loaned by the LVMH group.
6/2020