Daniel Pioro is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most innovative young violinists of his generation. Known as soloist and chamber musician he is the leader of the Fibonacci Sequence, and since 2014 he has been a member of the collective of musicians, CHROMA.
As a soloist he has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and John Woolrich’s Capriccio for solo violin and strings with the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Jonny Greenwood’s Triple Concerto and Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No 1 with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Most recently he performed both Colin Matthews’ and Thomas Adès’ Violin Concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He actively promotes new music, in particular championing the music of Gerald Barry whose work for solo violin Triorchic Blues he plays regularly in concert, and through collaborations with groups such as the London Sinfonietta and the London Contemporary Orchestra (of which he was leader until 2015).
Daniel Pioro works closely with the acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo, a collaboration that has created The Storyteller’s Ensemble, a group of musicians devoted to the written and spoken word. Putting music to Morpurgo’s book “The Mozart Question” – and performing it with the The Storyteller’s Ensemble across the UK to great acclaim – led to work on “The Best Of Times”, which was performed for the first time in Saffron Hall this season.
A teacher of improvisation at Dartington International Summer School from 2011-2013, the nature of free-music and noise exploration has become increasingly important, and he has improvised on stage with Ilan Volkov, Yoni Silver, Okkyung Lee and Jonny Greenwood amongst others.
He recently worked with Andersson Dance and the Scottish Ensemble on a new interpretation of The Goldberg Variations for 11 musicians and 5 dancers, as well as creating a new show, Dim Eyes, which was performed around Sweden.
Plans include The Lark Ascending with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Cheltenham Festival, a Wigmore Hall debut recital, a new concerto written for him by Tom Coult to be premiered with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and an album of music for solo violin and electronics for the Bedroom Community label.
Daniel Pioro plays on a violin by Christoph Götting