Sunday, September 15, 2013
Lee Pringle, president and founder of the CSO Spiritual Ensemble, announced the appointment of Maestro Marlon Daniel as the 2013 Colour of Music Festival guest music director for the upcoming Colour of Music Festival. The festival will be the first-ever all-black professional classical musicians festival featuring black musicians, vocalists and orchestra leaders performing piano, organ, and voice recitals, chamber ensembles and orchestra on Oct. 23-27. There will also be a newly formed Colour of Music Chorale that will take place through downtown Charleston. This five-day festival will present 20 performances showcasing the breadth and influence of black artists and musicians on the classical music world.
Maestro Marlon Daniel has been described as “…the future of classical music on stage,” (Time Out), “…one of the youngest and most prominent pianists/conductors in New York today,” (Le Figaro-France Amérique) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda–Moscow).
“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to be the inaugural music director and guest conductor for this groundbreaking festival and am thrilled and honored to help carry forward the legacy of Saint-Georges, William Grant Still and others whose compositions and talents are not household names in the U.S.,” Daniel says.
“This festival’s mission is to highlight the contributions black composers and classically trained black musicians have contributed to the cultural fiber of the United States and the world. Maestro Daniel and the talented musicians converging on Charleston no doubt will inspire young black students to further their musical pursuits,” says, Lee Pringle, producer of the week-long event.
One of the most dynamic conductors of his generation, Marlon Daniel is winner of the 2009 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award and has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Prague’s Rudolfinum.
He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement and the 2008 Voice of the Artist Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work to bring awareness to the crisis in Darfur. Most recently he received the 2010 Dove Award from the Global Association of Women for the Arts for Outstanding Musical Achievement.
Currently Maestro Daniel is music director of the Ensemble du Monde, principal guest conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta. Last February 2013, he was resident conductor of the Nassau Music Society’s Festival of Afro-Caribbean Composers sponsored by Atlantis Resort, French Alliance, Société Générale and the Embassy of the United States.
Educated in both the United States and Europe, he has earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (U.S), Le Conservatoire Américain (France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain) and both the Prague Academy and Conservatory, where he received formative training in conducting while serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta.
For more information about the Colour of Music Festival visit www.colourofmusic.org; for more on Marlon Daniel visit www.marlondaniel.com.