Daniel Rowland studied with Davina van Wely, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh, and worked intensively with Herman Krebbers, Ruggiero Ricci and Ivry Gitlis. Having won various national and international prizes, including the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Society in and the prestigious Oskar Back Competition at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, he made his concerto debut in 1992 performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto at the Concertgebouw. Since then, he has been recognised as a highly charismatic and versatile artist, who maintains a busy international career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and chamber orchestra director.
As a soloist, Daniel Rowland has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, most notably the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and has collaborated with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Diego Masson, Lev Markiz, James Laughran and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from the core classical and romantic repertoire, Daniel is an enthusiastic advocate of 20th century and contemporary music, appearing as a soloist with ensembles such as the Nieuw Ensemble, Musikfabrik and Contrechamps. Recent highlights include the Berg Kammerconcert under Heinz Holliger, Saariaho's Graaltheater and Ferneyhough's Terrain - as well as Berio's Sequenza at the Wigmore Hall.
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Alexander Lonquich, Priya Mitchell, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Tunde Jegede, Nicolas Daniel, Natalie Clein, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals in Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Trecastagni, Ljubjana, , Povoa de Varzim, Osnabrück and . The Stift International Music Festival, of which he is founder and artistic director, will see its ninth edition in August 2013. This remarkable summer festival, held at an idyllic spot in the eastern with concerts given in a small 14th century church renowned for its extraordinary acoustics, has garnered widespread acclaim as a festival of exceptional musical intensity.
In July 2007, Rowland joined the internationally renowned London-based Brodsky String Quartet as first violinist. The group maintains a busy international performing schedule, in addition to its residency at in , and frequent recordings for Chandos.
Since 2012, Daniel is also the violinist of the acclaimed London Conchord Ensemble.
In demand as a soloist/director, Daniel has been invited to work with the Gulbenkian Orchestra (, ), the Camerata Scotland, the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra (), the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, and the London Mozart Festival Orchestra, among many others. He is also frequently invited to serve as guest concert master by renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.
Daniel records for TwoPianists Records. His recording of the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons was released to tremendous critical acclaim (“to understand the meaning of fabulous, listen to these Piazzolla Seasons” - Die Burger).
Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in . He gives master classes all over the world, in places as far afield as , , , , , , and . His instrument is by Lorenzo Storioni, , 1776.