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Ariadne Daskalakis

Ariadne Daskalakis

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The violin playing of Ariadne Daskalakis is characterised by its pure, warm sound, married to technical brilliance. She is a player that provokes a spine tingling reaction from the first stroke of her bow. The warmth of her playing is mirrored in her character, making her performance generous in a manner that draws the listener right into the soul of the music



Ariadne Daskalakis (violin) by Lundstrom-AM

...Striking athleticism, musical insight, expressive embellishment and elegiac lyricism.

The Strad


A unique violinist, Ariadne Daskalakis is a discerning musician with a profound understanding of musical language and a keen interest in its historical development. The flexibility and warmth of her tone are celebrated internationally by audiences and critics alike.

Critically acclaimed for her stylistic versatility and her unique sound, violinist Ariadne Daskalakis is at home on the international stage, as soloist with orchestras like the Munich BR Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Athens National State Orchestra and the Cologne Sinfonietta. She has further assumed the dual role of leader and soloist in collaboration with the Chamber Orchestras of Stuttgart, Prague and Cologne, the Ensemble Oriol Berlin and the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra. She was hailed by German MDR Radio as a “universal specialist” for her recording of Vivaldi Concerti with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the label Tacet.






Bernstein Serenade : Philharmonic Orchestra Hahen : Stadthalle Hagen

...Ariadne Daskalakis, youngest Violin Professor in Cologne since 2000, was brilliant as the soloist. It was wonderful how she expressed enraptured intimacy in her playing. In the last movement 'typical Bernstein' flared up: jazz-influenced passion with rhythmic percussion episodes.

Christoph Bingel, Westfälische Rundschau, February 12 2009



Ariadne Daskalakis' latest CD is Handel's Complete Violin Sonatas with Ensemble Vintage Koln, released on the Naxos label.

- CD of the month in The Strad, January 2012:

"Daskalakis makes her violin sing eloquently in the slow movements...her athletic fingers zip through Handel's lively fast movements" - Robin Stowell, The Strad




-"[Daskalakis'] performance seems winningly energetic" - Robert Maxham, Fanfare, March 2012


-"Daskalakis takes their academic understanding of the scores and translate it into informed performances tahat glisten with vibrant, dynamic, effervescent playing" - Mike D. Brownell, allmusic.com, November 2011


-"Daskalakis' performances are far from bland...her left hand is very nimble, decoration added with such deft agility" - David Denton, October 2011


Ensemble Vintage Koln are Ariadne Daskalakis (violin), Rainer Zipperling (viola de gamba/cello) Gerald Hambitzer (harpsichord).

Recorded at Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 2009, released 2011.

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