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Huw Daniel

Huw Daniel, baroque violin

Huw Daniel was a pupil at Ysgol Gymraeg Castell-nedd and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, South Wales, and continued his education as an organ scholar at Robinson College, Cambridge, where he graduated with first-class honours in music in 2001. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music for two years, learning the modern violin with Hu Kun and baroque violin with Simon Standage. Whilst at the Academy, Huw was awarded the John Thomas Memorial Scholarship and the Dorothy Kennedy Davis Award; he also led the Academy’s period-instrument baroque orchestra in a concert at the London Handel Festival.

Huw is a member of the English Concert. He also plays regularly with many period-instrument chamber groups including the Arcangelo Quartet, the Marésienne Consort, the Bach Players, and the Musical & Amicable Society. In 2004, he was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the members of which formed Harmony of Nations and continue to play together under this name. Huw plays with several other period-instrument orchestras, including the King’s Consort, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the London Handel Orchestra, and the Sixteen.

He is the leader of the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal, English Touring Opera’s baroque orchestra, and Harmony of Nations, and guest-leader of Collegium Musicum Telemann, Osaka, Japan, and St James’s Baroque. He will also guest-lead EUBO in October 2008. He plays the modern violin regularly with Sinfonia Cymru, the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, and the Neath Chamber Orchestra.