Born in South Africa and raised and educated in England, violinist Daniel Hope earned his degrees at the Royal Academy of Music. Called “adventurous and brilliant” and “a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style,” by the New York Times, Hope has also been hailed by the London Observer as “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré.”
Hope launched the 2014-15 season by giving the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto “1914” at the BBC Proms. Hope’s latest Deutsche Grammophon recording, Escape to Paradise, which draws on Hope’s extensive research into those European composers who, fleeing fascist persecution, relocated to Los Angeles and penned some of the 20th century’s most iconic film scores.
Ever seeking new and enlightening ways to share the music he loves, Hope’s previous projects include his award-winning documentary Refuge in Music (BBC Music) and his album Terezín/Theresienstadt, both of which showcase works by composers murdered by the Nazis.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist with over 25 albums to his name, Hope has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and six German ECHO Klassik Prizes. In 2012, Hope released The Romantic Violinist: A Celebration of Joseph Joachim.
Beyond the concert stage, Hope has penned three books published in Germany: Familienstücke, Wann darf ich klatschen? and Toi, Toi, Toi!
Hope has commissioned over 30 works, enjoying close contact with contemporary composers Alfred Schnittke, Toru Takemitsu, Harrison Birtwistle, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Peter Maxwell-Davies, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Hope also gave the world premiere performance and recording of the critically revised Violin Concerto by Alban Berg.
Hope regularly directs chamber orchestras from the violin, performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, Lucerne Festival Strings, L’Arte del Mondo, and others. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, Lucerne, Hollywood Bowl, Aspen, Ravinia, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Tanglewood.