Category: Instrumentalists - Strings
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
...Striking athleticism, musical insight, expressive embellishment and elegiac lyricism.
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.
She led the Manon Quartet Berlin for 10 years and has concertized since 2012 with the Emanuel Piano Trio. She performs regularly as recitalist or, on baroque violin, with her Ensemble Vintage Köln, which recently recorded the complete Rosary Sonatas by Biber for the label BIS. Daskalakis won the International ARD-Munich Competition, the St. Louis Symphony Strings Competition and various other prizes in the USA and Germany from organizations like the Mozart Society Dortmund, the Harvard Music Association and Framingham State University.
Numerous recordings document the unusually broad spectrum of her repertoire and the rich depth of her musical experiences. These include the Complete Violin Sonatas by Handel, Fauré and Raff, Violin Concerti by Tartini and works by Lutoslawski, Janacek and Szymanowski (on the labels Naxos, Carpe Diem and Tudor). Her Handel and Tartini recordings were both Selections of the Month in the The Strad magazine. Ariadne Daskalakis also collaborates with composers, creating new music and genres, like Caspar Johannes Walter’s Violin Concerto Zeichnungen and Christoph Coburger’s “Opera Mono” Herr K und Frau N with video installation.
She enjoyed an education in music and humanities at the Juilliard School, Harvard University and the HdK Berlin. She has specialized in the application of historical performance practice to modern instruments, and is in great demand as a pedagogue and Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne. She has taught as guest at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and various other international institutions and festivals.
In 2012 Ariadne Daskalakis founded “Music from Land’s End,” an international summer chamber music festival in Wareham, Massachusetts. She also led the International Chamber Music Week at Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, Italy as Artistic Director in 2012 and 2013.
PERFORMANCES WITH ORCHESTRA:
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
Monika Willer, Westfalenpost, February 12, 2009
"...The first half of the concert was dominated by Beethoven's Violin Concerto, performed by Ariadne Daskalakis. Her sound was powerful and confident. The structural unity of the concerto was performed with clarity... The middle movement was performed with delicacy and sensitivity. Daskalakis' clear, round and tonally secure sound was especially appreciated. In the third movement... the violinist showed power and expression and concluded the concerto with success."
Nikos Dontas, Kathimerini, January 18, 2009
Violin Concertos by Tartini and Haydn with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall
MK, Cologne Stadtanzeiger, December 12, 2008
Matthias Corvin, Cologne Rundschau, December 9, 2008
Beethoven Violin Concerto: Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Cond. Wojciech Rajski
"The highlight was Ludwig van Beethoven's famous Violin Concerto… [Ariadne Daskalakis] unfolded a soulful, intimate, melting tone, of which the bewitching beauty commanded the listeners' attention in spite of the open-air conditions... Ariadne Daskalakis came out strong with commanding form in the Rondo, an energetic movement which enchants with its voluptuously intoxicating sounds."
Hanna Styrie, Kölner Rundschau, 20. August 2007
Frank-Uwe Orbons, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 20. August 2007
Musical Gems: Palace Concert with Helmut Müller-Brühl and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Rhein-Erft-Rundschau, 13 June 2006
Dorothea Husslein, Münchner Merkur, 14 June 2004
Rüdiger Schwarz, Abendzeitung München, 14 June 2004
Nikolaus Frey, Fuldaer Zeitung, 7 April 2004
Antje Hintz, NDR (North German Radio), January 2006
Jan Brachmann, Berliner Zeitung, 22 April 2002
Coesfelder Nachrichten, 27 November 2001
Delmenhorster Kurier, 15 September 2000
Delmenhorster Kreisblatt, 15 September 2000
MRZ, 29 August 2000
Lippische Landeszeitung, May 2000
REVIEWS OF CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Oberhessische Press, September 2006
(David Cleary, "new music connoisseur", June 2006)
Hanna Styrie, Rhein-Erft-Kreis Kurier, 5 January 2004
Emka Pirbauer, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, 22 April 2003
Berliner Zeitung, December 1999
The Globe and Mail Toronto, February 1999
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.
Ariadne Daskalakis' previous CD release is with pianist Miri Yampolsky and features the complete works for violin and piano by Lutoslawski. This CD is recorded on the Naxos label and also includes works by Szymanowski and Janacek.
“…I warm to the polish in the playing and dynamic drama and tensions between passion and restraint, songful lyricism, playfulness and fervour.”
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb International, April 2009
David Denton – The Strad, July 2009
Guy Rickards – Gramophone, August 2009
"The ending, with its last few wisps of sound, is one of the most amazing things I have heard in ages. What a treat for the ears this album is!"
The American Record Guide, July 2009
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Violin Music (Complete)
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Myths
JANACEK, L: Violin Sonata
Ariadne Daskalakis, Miri Yampolsky
CATALOGUE No: 8.570987 | EAN-CODE: 0747313098774
"Daskalakis brings to these works striking athleticism, musical insight, expressive embellishment and elegiac lyricism."
Robin Stowell – theStrad
Antje Hintz, NDR (North German Radio), Januar 2006
This CD featured as the Naxos CD of the month on it’s release in Germany and, when released world wide, as the Concerto selection of the month in the June 2007 edition of "The Strad".
Further master works, recorded live.