Described by critics as “dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative - an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique,” conductor Daniel Boico is the newly appointed Associate Guest Conductor of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban (South Africa). His innate musical sensitivity, paired with a keen ear and fine musicianship, has produced exciting performances with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. In 2017-18 Maestro Boico returns to Budapest to lead the MAV Orchestra.

Past highlights include a tour of Germany and Italy with the Nürnberger Symphoniker; his debut with the Taiwan Philharmonic; appearances with the Florida Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban (South Africa), and the San Francisco Ballet; returns to the, Chicago’s Beethoven Festival, and the Chautauqua Music Festival; and his debut with the MAV Symphony Orchestra of Hungary.

As assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Boico led all of the orchestra’s popular Young People’s Concerts, including tours. His debut with the New York Philharmonic took place in 2009, sharing the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut in 2011, when he replaced Kurt Masur on short notice in what The New York Times called “a smoldering performance” of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: A Dedication to Mary and Martha (for two violas and orchestra). At the invitation of Maestro Muti, he also served as cover conductor with the Chicago Symphony’s Asia tour, performing in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Seoul. Also with the Chicago Symphony, he assisted under the music directorship of luminaries Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and Zubin Mehta.

The list of major international orchestras which Daniel Boico has conducted includes the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Berlin Radio Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Moscow Philharmonic, and Taipei Symphony. He has toured the Netherlands and Belgium with the Maastricht Symphony and performed across Italy and France with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, with Shlomo Mintz as soloist.

He has worked closely with such soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Alissa Margulis, Nikolay Luganski and Yuliana Avdeeva, to name a few. World premieres under his baton have included many contemporary works: he conducted the ensemble I Virtuosi Italiani and soloist Dmitry Yablonsky in the highly praised recording of Nino Rota’s two cello concertos on the Chandos label; Alcalde’s Der Mondbach III for cello and double string quartet with cellist Pable Mahave-Veglia for Eroica Classical Recordings; and Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 with the Nürnberger Symphoniker for Bayerische Rundfunk.

Born in Israel to musician parents, and raised in Paris and the United States, Boico was initially trained as a singer before becoming a student and assistant of legendary professor Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Daniel Boico was a prize winner of the Prokofiev and Pedrotti conducting competitions.


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