CONDUCTOR

CONDUCTOR

Daniel Simandl is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Department of Orchestral conducting and his teachers were renowned Slovak conductors Ondrej Lenárd and Peter Feranec. In 2006/2007 he completed private studies at Jiří Bělohlávek in Prague. He did his horn studies at the Conservatory in Bratislava. As a guest conductor of the Opera of Slovak National Theather in Bratislava he performed several performances as well as ballet dancing (Dubovský: Mystery Key, Minkus: Bayadera). He conducted the Orchestra of the Slovak Radio, the State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, State Chamber Orchestra Žlina, Metropolitan Orchestra Bratislava and Orchestra Camerata Novisoliensi. He is the conductor of the Opera studio at the State Conservatory in Bratislava. As a conductor and assistant conductor he worked at the opera festival in Gars am Kamp in Austria, assisted in the Opera of the Janáček's Theater in Brno during the Dvořák's opera Rusalka. Since 2012, he has been cooperating with a renowned Viennese choir - the Arnold Schönberg Chor (eg: Salzburger Festspiele 2013 with conductor Nicolas Harnoncourt). Together with the State Chamber Orchestra Žilina and the Children's Opera Harmónia he performed Mozart's The Magic Flute, Donizetti's Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale, Smetana's The Bartered Bride for children audience and Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass". In 2016, he introduced the Fr. Lehár's operetta Count from Luxembourg in the Nová Scéna Theatre in Bratislava. In 2017 he performed with The Chamber Opera Bratislava Donizetti's Rita. He is a choirmaster and the founder of the singer ensemble Danubius Octet Singers, with whom he made a profile CD "A cappella pur" of the Slavic male choir production (2014), a DVD recording to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth Ľudovít Štúr (2015) and the CD "Slovak song" (2017). Among others, he was conducting the ensemble on the Mitte Europa 2014 (Germany, Czech Republic), Janáčkovy Hukvaldy 2014 (Czech Republic), Musica Sacra 2014 (Nitra), Nitra Musical Autumn 2015, Budapest (2015), Vienna (2016), 20th International festival of the choirs in Pécs (2016), and International festival of chamber music Konvergencie 2017 (Bratislava). In 2017 he completed master classes at Bruno Weil at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as the tenure as the conductor's assistant at the National Theater Prague in the preparation of Verdi's Un ballo in Maschera.