Biography Daan Admiraal     home                                                                                                                                      last update: 15-02-2013

Daan Admiraal was born in Eindhoven in 1949. He started his musical career as a brilliant oboe player. Already during his studies in 1971 he was appointed as solo-oboe in the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, where he resigned in 1974 for reasons of further musical studies. He graduated his oboe study at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam with many prizes, among them the ‘Zilveren Vriendenkrans’, a special prize of the Friends of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Prize of Excellence in 1976. He studied orchestral conducting at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague with Louis Stotijn, to continue privately with the famous Russian conductor Kyrill Kondrashin. He was a finalist in the NOS Conducting Course in Hilversum.

Daan Admiraal is chief-conductor of two Dutch University Orchestras (Amsterdam and Delft) that both have a leading position in Holland. Under his baton they often and with a strong dedication perform compositions that belong to the most challenging of the orchestral repertoire and which are beyond the possibilities of the majority of the non-professional orchestra's. Three other orchestra's also must be mentioned: Philharmonie, the VU Chamber Orchestra.
The repertoire list of Daan Admiraal embodies compositions from 4 centuries: from Gabrieli and Monteverdi up to Messiaen. Beside the great romantics from Beethoven until Mahler the classics of the 20th century have a central position in many of his programs: Stravinsky, Bartók, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Schönberg etc. But the classical and baroque repertoire that uses much smaller orchestral resources is performed with great love and stylistic care.
Daan Admiraal  also loves the choral repertoire. From 1993-2008 Admiraal was conductor of one of the oldest choral societies in Holland, Toonkunst Rotterdam, where he was in charge with the Philharmonic Choir and the Chamber Choir. In 2008 he resigned and accordingly he became the new artistic leader of the Haags Toonkunstkoor HTK. One of the first programs Daan performed in The Hague with HTK and the Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic was the world première of  Mare liberum (2009), a new composition of Roel van Oosten , Anton Philips Zaal, December 2009. A recent great achievement of the HTK was the Dutch première of Schnittkes oratorio Nagasaki (1958).
Admiraal conducts the 'standards' (Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine; Bach, St. Matthew Passion,  St. John Passion, Christmas-Oratorio; Handel,  Messiah; Mendelsson, Elijah; the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Fauré and Duruflé). But beside that Daan Admiraal performs with preference the often challenging classical-modern repertoire (Bartók, Cantata profana; Stavinsky, Symphony of Psalms, Mass and Svadebka/Les Noces; Poulenc, the choral works; Schönberg, Frieden auf Erde; Martin, In terra pax; Britten, War Requiem).
Last seasons Admiraal conducted opera-productions in Amsterdam, The Hague and Delft (Mozart, Idomeneo; Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress, Purcell, Dido and Aeneas, Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana, Bizet, Carmen). He conducted Het Limburgs Orkest, Het Gelders Orkest, I Fiamminghi, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Virtuosi Pragenses and the baroque orchestra's Concerto d'Amsterdam and In Styl Moderno. In recent years Admiraal conducted in many European countries: Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany, Prague, Belgium, France and Italy, and recently in Russia and China.