Biography Daan Admiraal
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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,
- 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.