Maestro Spalding brings to the podium a sophisticated sense of programming and color, and the warmth and excitement that is the mark of a versatile and complex musician. Since 1991 he has been Music Director of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (PVCO), receiving international acclaim for his CD recordings on Connoisseur Society, Naxos, Arabesque, and New World Records, as well as live touring performances at prestigious venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, which was named by the Palm Beach Daily News as the classical performance highlight of the season. Since 1996, Daniel Spalding has led the Philadelphia Virtuosi on tour in 27 states including appearances in major metropolitan centers such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Miami, and Phoenix. Internationally, he has taken the orchestra to the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, on three extensive tours to South America where they performed at many important international festivals, and in 2010, with a grant from the U.S Department of State, to Europe, making their debut at the Nomus International Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Daniel Spalding has guest conducted and recorded with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players and the Guildford Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg State Cappella Symphony and the National Russian Philharmonic, the Bach Festival Orchestra and Mozart Choir and Orchestra of Paris, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Kolosvar Hungarian State Opera and the Chamber Orchestra of Romania’s “George Enescu” Philharmonic, as well as a number of orchestras in the USA including the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. For seven seasons he served as principal guest conductor with the Romanian State Philharmonic in Cluj-Napoca and since 2005 has collaborated extensively with Poland’s Filharmonia Opolska, where he conducts each season.
As an educator, Daniel Spalding has served on the faculty at Western Illinois University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Illinois State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, (where he helped found the first university-community orchestra), and the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). He has taught for the New Jersey Governor's School of the Arts and the Strings International Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College. Several times he has been a pre-concert lecturer for the Philadelphia Orchestra and has lectured at City University of London, Westminster Choir College, and other leading institutions. In 2007 Mr. Spalding traveled to Uganda, where he gave conducting master classes for the Kampala Music School and helped organize and conduct the first orchestral/massed choir concert ever to take place in that city. As a clinician and adjudicator, since 1973 he has participated in over 250 music festivals throughout North and South America and Europe.
Born in Kansas, Daniel earned his B.M.E. and M.M. degrees at Northwestern University School of Music, concentrating in percussion and composition. After additional graduate work at the University of Illinois, he pursued orchestral conducting studies in Austria at the Salzburg “Mozarteum” with Ferdinand Leitner, in Romania with Mircea Cristescu of the "George Enescu" Bucharest Philharmonic, in the USA with John Shenaut and Max Rudolf, and participated in master classes with Leonard Slatkin and Pierre Boulez. He also served for one season as an assistant conductor to Sergiu Comissiona at the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Daniel currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Romanian born concert pianist Gabriela Imreh, dog Jenny, and cat Rusty.
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