Pianist Daniel de Borah has emerged in recent years as one of Australia’s foremost musicians, consistently praised for the grace, finesse and imaginative intelligence of his performances. His busy and wide-ranging performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
Since his prize-winning appearances at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, Daniel has given recitals on four continents and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Australia including return visits to London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Auckland Symphony Orchestras.
Daniel’s perceptive and sympathetic musicianship finds a natural home on the chamber music platform where he has partnered many leading soloists and ensembles including Baiba Skride, Li-Wei Qin, Nicolas Altstaedt, Thomas Indermühle, Dale Barltrop and Andrew Goodwin, and the Australian, Navarra, Tinalley and New Zealand String Quartets. His festival appearances include Musica Viva’s Sydney and Huntington Estate Music Festivals, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. In 2015 Daniel joined the Australia Piano Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Technology, Sydney.
During his studies Daniel won numerous awards including 3rd Prizes at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, the 2001 Tbilisi International Piano Competition and the 2000 Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition in Poland. In 2005 he was selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust, London. Daniel is also a past winner of the Australian National Piano Award and the Royal Overseas League Competition Piano Award in London.
Born in Melbourne in 1981, Daniel studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music, London. His teachers have included Zsuzsa Eszto, Mira Jevtic, Nina Seryogina, Tatyana Sarkissova and Alexander Satz. Daniel currently serves on the faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
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