Violinist Daniel Hope has enjoyed a thriving international solo career for more than 30 years. Celebrated for his musical versatility and dedication to humanitarian causes, he has been recognized with a string of honors including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 2015 European Culture Prize for Music. Hope is Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019 he completed his 16th and final season as Associate Artistic Director of Georgia’s Savannah Music Festival and became Artistic Director of Dresden’s Frauenkirche Cathedral. In 2020 Hope was elected as President of the Beethovenhaus Bonn.
Hope first drew notice as member of the Beaux Arts Trio. Today he is a familiar face at the most prestigious international venues and festivals. He works with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, and Christian Thielemann, and with the world’s foremost ensembles. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Hope has commissioned more than 30 new works, collaborating closely with prominent composers.
Hope has been recognized with awards including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or of the Year, the Edison Classical Award and the Prix Caecilia. His recording of Max Richter’s “Vivaldi Recomposed” topped the charts in 22 countries and remains one of the bestselling classical releases of recent times. In 2017, a documentary titled “Daniel Hope – The Sound of Life” was screened in movie theaters.
Hope has written scripts for collaborative performances with the actors Klaus Maria Brandauer and Mia Farrow. In Germany he presents a weekly radio show for the WDR3 Channel and curates and hosts “Hope@9pm”, a salon-style music and talk at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, he created and hosted “Hope@Home”, a livestreamed TV series featuring music and talk with guest artists ranging from Barrie Kosky over RSB chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski to Robert Wilson. Professionally produced from Hope’s Berlin living room for the ARTE TV network, the daily series was streamed almost five million times. “Hope@Home” was developed into “Hope@Home on Tour” and “Hope@Home – Next Generation” in the course of the year, then being developed into “Europe@Home”, in which young artists represent the music of the 27 member states of the European Union.
Hope was also guest of the RSB in a livestreamed radio concert under the baton of Jurowski in the spring of 2020.
He has been working closely with his mentor Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he gave numerous concerts.