Described by critics as “dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative - an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique,” fast-rising conductor Daniel Boico is the newly appointed Associate General Conductor of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban. His innate musical sensitivity paired with a keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. As Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, Boico led all of the Philharmonic's popular Young People's Concerts, among other concerts, and covered 30 weeks in each season, including all tours, as well as assisted music director Alan Gilbert and visiting guest conductors. 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 April 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. 

Daniel Boico served as Cover Conductor on Chicago Symhony's Asisa tour to Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Seoul. Boico was editor, producer, and conductor in a recording project of composer Karen LeFrak's orchestral and chamber music, recorded at the old Melodiya recording studio in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the Saint Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Earlier in his career, Boico was Music Director of the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois, and the Skokie Concert Choir, as well as staff conductor at the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor to Cliff Colnot of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Boico was also Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and has served as cover conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony. Boico was an Apprentice Conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he worked closely with, and was assistant to then Music Director Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, and Zubin Mehta. 

Daniel Boico also has extensive experience in music administration, planning and programming, having worked as executive assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and for Chicago Symphony Presents, and as Manager of Artistic Administration of the New York Philharmonic.

Born in Israel to musician parents, Daniel Boico was raised in both Paris and the United States, and began his formal conducting studies with Victor Yampolsky of Northwestern University. After completing his undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Wisconsin, Boico joined the class of distinguised Russian conducting professor Ilya Musin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. While under the tutelage of Maestro Musin, he assisted him in master classes given in London's Royal Academy of Music and Manchester's Royal Northern Academy of Music.

Having completed his Graduate Training Course in conducting at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Boico was promptly engaged by several Russian orchestras, including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, and the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 1995, Boico has performed in world-renowned halls such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Chicago's Symphony Center, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Meistersinger Halle in Nurnberg, Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace Auditorium, Mexico City's Bellas Artes Palace and Nezahualcoyotl Hall, and the Tchaikovsky Concert Halls in Moscow, with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Nurnberger Symphoniker, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, National Orchestras of Mexico and Costa Rica, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the KZN and Johannesburg Philharmonics. 

In the late 90s, Daniel Boico participated in the Second Prokofiev International Conducting Competition, the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition, and the Cadaques International Conducting Competition, where he was a finalist and prize winner. 

Daniel Boico has collaborated with such fine soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuliana Avdeeva, Luis Magalhaes, Hrachya Avanesyan, Nina Schumann, Shai Wosner, Aviram Reichert, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, James Ehnes, Pablo Sainz-Villegas, Maximilian Hornung, Leonard Elschenbroich, Andreas Ottensamer, Alexander Buzlov, and Ronan Keating. As an educator of young musicians, Boico has worked with high school All-State ensembles in New York and California, as well as with the Ithaca College, DePaul, and Bloomington (Indiana) University Symphony Orchestras. Equally at home with contemporary music, world premieres have included works by Nino Rota, Steven Gerber, David Winkler, Karen LeFrak, Hilda Paredes, Carlos Escalante, and Eddie Mora. 

Boico has recorded a premiere recording of Nino Rota's two cello concerti with Dimitry Yablonsky and l Virtuosi Italiani for the Chandos label, Der Mondbach ll by Andres Alcalde for cello and double string quartet with cellis Pablo Mahave-Veglia for the Eroica Classical Recordings label, as well as Statue Dance from Pavlovsk, a ballet in 3 tableaux by Karen LeFrak for the American Ballet Theatre's ABT ll Company. Boico has also recorded Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1 with the Nürnberger Symphoniker for Bayerische Rudfunk.

Recent engagements include the Cape Town Philharmonic, Lodz Philharmonic, Poland, Kaohsiung Symphony, Taiwan, Princeton Symphony, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. Upcoming return engagements include the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, residencies with the DePauland Bloomington (Indiana) University Symphony Orchestras, the OFUNAM Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City and Nurnberger Symphoniker, as well as debuts with Symphonia of Syracuse and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. 


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