Dutch–English violinist Daniel Rowland and Serbian–French cellist Maja Bogdanovic join forces in this exceptional musical partnership. Since forming their duo in 2018, they have performed at major festivals all over Europe, in the USA and South America, garnering great acclaim for their passionate, tender and adventurous performances, colourful and innovative programming and last but not least, a wonderful sense of complicity and communication. Regular guest on Dutch radio, the duo passionately believe in expanding the still all too small repertoire for this rich combination of violin and cello. Their recent CD release for Challenge Records includes world premiere recordings of works by Penderecki, Sollima, Vasks and Nisinman and was greeted with rapturous reviews, American Record Review calling it “Extraordinary – remarkable and treasurable, entirely beautiful”, while leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad described it as “a magical meeting of cello and violin”.
Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, as “both naked and highly virtuosic” by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.
Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Biber to Berio and Vivaldi to Ferneyhough. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town, in concertos from Beethoven and Brahms to Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg, Prokofiev and Schnittke and has worked with leading conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, Francois Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Anthony Hermus, Rossen Milanov and Andrey Boreiko.
He loves championing contemporary composers and is a passionate advocate of concertos such as those by Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho and Van der Aa. In 2017 he premiered Isidora Zebeljan’s Violin Concerto “Three curious loves” and this autumn sees the premiere of Roxana Panufnik’s “Songs of Love and Friendship” with the Dutch Radio Choir at the Concertgebouw. September 2020 saw the release of Daniel’s newest CD ‘Distant light’, for Challenge Records with Violin Concertos by Peteris Vasks, recorded live at the Stiftfestival 2019 with the composer present (“a beautiful ode to Vasks – rich in tension and magic” – NRC Handelsblad).
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with a broad range of artists including Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Anna Fedorova, Alexander Lonquich, Nino Gvetadze, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lars Vogt, Alberto Mesirca, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau and Osnabrück.
Daniel is part of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya, “a perfect partnership” according to BBC Music Magazine, and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic, whose recent duo CD with Daniel “Pas de deux” (Challenge Records) included 5 world premieres and was described as “a magical meeting between violin and cello” by Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. He is also a founding member of a cutting edge Tango Quintet with bandoneon virtuoso/composer Marcelo Nisinman (“an ensemble with the power of dynamite” – Süddeutsche Zeitung) and other frequent chamber music partners include Anna Fedorova, Nino Gvetadze and Alberto Mesirca.
In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands, where he grew up, with the 15th century Stiftkerk as the main venue. The festival has garnered acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere. For twelve years, Daniel was the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakovich Cycle. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London.
Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden. His violin is by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona 1796), and his bow is a Maline, kindly loaned by the Dutch Instrument Foundation. Daniel lives in Amsterdam.
Following her stunning recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, The Strad hailed Maja Bogdanovic for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation – gloriously honeyed, fiery, eloquent and fervent”. Since then, she has taken her place among today’s foremost cellists. Concerto engagements have included the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Tokyo Philharmonic, Minas Gerais Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., Bogdanovic made her debut at the 2017 Grand Teton Music Festival under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru. She has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Portland Symphony, Columbus Symphony and Princeton Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Maja Bogdanovic is a frequent guest at leading chamber music festivals and world-leading venues such as Kuhmo Festival in Finland, Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Folle Journée de Nantes, Storioni Festival, and the Stift International Chamber Music Festival in The Netherlands, performing with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Nino Gvetadze, Daniel Rowland, Nemanja Radulovic and Marianna Schiriniyan. Maja has produced several internationally-released CDs for labels Lyrinx and Nimbus and her recital disc ‘Eastern wind’ (Orchid Classics), with pianist Maria Belooussova, dedicated to Glière and Rachmaninoff received rave reviews.
Within her wide repertoire, Maja Bogdanovic devotes a special place to contemporary music. She has premiered works by Nicolas Bacri, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Sawyers, Eric Tanguy, Benjamin Yusupov, Natasha Bogojević and Isidora Žebeljan, among others. Her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began with the Belgrade Philharmonic in 2008, and with the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, where she performed his Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of the composer. This led to several further collaborations, such as with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestra National de Pays de la Loire and the Krakow Philharmonic. Amongst a select group of the world’s leading artists, including Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others, she was invited to play for special performances in Warsaw and Krakow celebrating Maestro Penderecki’s 80th and 85th birthdays. In 2019, Maja recorded Krzysztof Penderecki’s Second Cello Concerto under the guidance of Maestro Penderecki, for the DUX Label.
Laureate of numerous international competitions, Bogdanovic won First Prize at the third Aldo Parisot Cello Competition in South Korea and received the Second Prize and Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition in Tokyo. She was awarded the Special Prize at the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and, in the same year, she also became a multiple laureate of the Internatinoal Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. In 2008, the Safran Foundation for Music presented her the prize for achievements, and she won the UMUS Artist of the Year Award in 2011.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Maja began playing the cello at a very early age, studying with Professor Nada Jovanovic in Zemun. She went on to graduate with a First Prize from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss; while there, she also studied chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens Peter Maintz, as well as Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, and Heinrich Schiff.
Maja’s instrument was custom made for her by French luthier Frank Ravatin. She lives in Amsterdam.
Outside her work with Daniel Rowland in this duo, Maja is represented in Europe by Leontien van der Vliet at Interartists Amsterdam, and in the USA by Schmidt Artists New York.