Ewald Danel


He studied the violin and conducting at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. After his studies he was Concertmaster of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Slovak National Theatre Orchestra for two years. Since 1985 he has been the Concertmaster of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 he took over the position of Artistic Leader of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra after its founder Bohdan Warchal. As a soloist and conductor MrDanel has performed on the stages of almost all European countries, and Japan, Korea, Brazil, Russia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Panama, USA. In 2008–2014 he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Apart from his conducting and solo activities with orchestras and solo recitals he has a wealth of experience in chamber music, mainly as leader of the Slovak Quartet since 1986 and as co-founder of the Slovak Piano Trio since 1987. In 1992–1996 he was Artistic Leader of the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra Cappella Istropolitana. He also cooperates in various chamber ensemble projects at home and abroad. An important part of his artistic activities is long-term cooperation with amateur and church choirs and music ensembles as conductor, organiser and sacred music composer. He taught at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava from 1987 – 1998, from 1999 – 2003 and 2007 – 2009 he held the position of Visiting Professor at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya in Japan. In 2001 he led masterclasses for professional orchestral musicians at the Affinis Music Festival in Japan. From 2014 he teaches at the Academy of Arts in BanskáBystrica.