“Lozakovich is a serious artist and demands to be taken seriously; he already plays like one of the greats or, better said, 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 — Biography
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. Daniel went on to perform 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.
His prodigious talent has been nurtured through studies with Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe University of Music and he is now mentored by Eduard Wulfson. 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. As well as having performed with the Mariinsky forces again on several occasions since then, in November 2016 he made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Gergiev at the opening concert of the MPHIL 360o festival. The following July he made another acclaimed debut, this time with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival.
Daniel now works regularly with other such leading orchestras as the National Philharmonic of Russia, 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 Ádám Fischer, Vasily Petrenko, Leonard Slatkin, Marc Albrecht, 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.
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. As a taster of the yellow-label experience, before he signed to the label, fellow DG artist Daniel Hope had invited Daniel 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 in company 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.The outstanding success of this debut album was marked in the music charts and the album went to number 1 in the French Amazon charts, in all music categories and to number 1 in the classical album charts in Germany.
None but the Lonely Heart, Lozakovich’s second album, will be 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, 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”.
Daniel performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in Irkutsk in September 2018 with Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia before travelling to St Petersburg for a recital at the Mariinsky Theatre. He also gave recitals last season in Paris, Uppsala, Riga, Aix-en-Provence and Geneva, among others, while further concerto highlights included performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, Bach’s Concertos, BWV 1041 and 1042 with the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 for his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, which took place at the Blossom Music Festival in July 2019.
Lozakovich begins the 2019-20 season by performing Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Gergiev in Montreux (September 2019) and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Nathalie Stutzmann in Dublin (October 2019). He then travels to the US to make his much anticipated debut with the LA Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, giving three performances of the Tchaikovsky Concerto (also October 2019). In November he returns to the US for further appearances in the Tchaikovsky as he makes his subscription series debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Nelsons, before performing the same work in Toronto and at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon (November/December 2019). He ends 2019 with a series of performances in Munich and Amsterdam of the Beethoven Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic and Gergiev.
Daniel Lozakovich has been awarded many prizes including 1st prize at the 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and “The Young Artist of the Year 2017” award at the Festival of the Nations, Premio Batuta Award in Mexico, and the Excelentia Prize under the honorary presidency of Queen Sofia of Spain.
Lozakovich studied at the Karlsruhe University of Music with Professor Josef Rissin from 2012, and since 2015 has been mentored by Eduard Wulfson in Geneva. Daniel Lozakovich plays the “ex-Baron Rothschild” Stradivari on generous loan on behalf of the owner by Reuning & Son, Boston, and Eduard Wulfson and plays the Stradivarius Le Reynier (1727), generously loaned by the group LVMH.