Director of Music
Russian-American Violinist Daniel Kurganov has garnered praise from such publications as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Neue Luzerner Zeitung, The Worcester Telegram&Gazette and the Boston Globe. Some recent performance highlights include a 2 concert tours of Japan with the Boston Chamber Orchestra, BCO Quartet, and the Kurofune Ensemble (co-founder), a recitals series at the Museum of Russian Icons, and an evening of favorite encore works accompanied by the New Hampshire Philharmonic. A very memorable event took place in Sion Switzerland, where Daniel was invited by Maestros Shlomo Mintz to take part in The Violins of Hope project, performing on a precious violin rescued from Auschwitz. Studying intensely with emissaries of early 20th century violin tradition sparked a greater interest in how style, rhetoric and authenticity function in musical performance. Part of this project has been curating a YouTube channel with ~6 million viewers, focused on collecting rare and authentic moments in the history of recorded music. As an educator, Daniel holds a private class of students, and also works with the Boston Philharmonic outreach program, bringing music performance and education to underserved communities. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Daniel completed his studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich (Zurich Academy of the Arts), and also studied at the DePaul School of Music in Chicago. His mentors have been Ilya Kaler and Rudolf Koelman, (protégé of Jascha Heifetz).