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.
Highlights of her career include solo appearances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Stuttgart Philharmonic as well as recitals in venues such as the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie Berlin and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has also regularly directed concerts with the Ensemble Oriol Berlin.
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.
22 December 2013
Bach - Concerto for Violin No 1 in A minor, DWV 1041
Cologne Chamber Orchestra
26 December 2013
Recital with Nina Tichman (piano)
Schloss Engers (Mainz)
21 June 2014
Szymanowsky - Myths
With Miri Yampolsky (piano)
June 7th 2012
Ariadne Daskalakis will perform with Ensemble Vintage Koln at WDR radio station, with a programme including Bach violin sonatas, and a Goldberg trio-sonata.
July 22nd - 29th 2012
Ariadne Daskalakis' will curate and direct her own small festival, the inaugural Music from Land's End festival at Wareham, Massachusetts, USA.
July 30th - August 8th 2012
Daskalakis will perform at the Music from Salem festival in Cambridge, New York. Programme includes George Onslow's Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 20 and Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26 in Cambridge's Hubbard Hall.
September 7th - 8th
Ariadne Daskalakis will perform as soloist with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin this winter in the project "4x4", featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons. In a production where the whole orchestra is incorporated into the choreography of Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola.