DANIEL RÖHN

violin
biography

When talent is passed on from generation to generation, it often happens in an unpresuming way. Such is the case with Daniel Röhn – one of the most remarkable and talented violinists of the present day. What is so fascinating about him and his playing is his natural approach to great traditions and his clear perspective on them.

Over a number of decades, both his grandfather and father were renowned concertmasters on the universally unique German orchestral scene; now the new generation has joined those ranks as a soloist and chamber musician, who will no doubt contribute significantly to the world of violin. His first two CD releases featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and virtuoso 19th-century works for violin and piano earned him several international awards. When describing his playing, it is hardly sufficient to simply mention his seemingly effortless, brilliant virtuosity. Daniel Röhn’s heart-meltingly warm tone and his almost narrative gestures are what endear audiences to him – he has a way of expressing himself through music that we might almost have thought had been lost. (Michael Kube)

As a scholarship-holder in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and in the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Daniel Röhn delights his audience in both solo programmes and as a chamber musician with a magnetic stage presence, performing to rave reviews for his concerts at Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and the Southbank Centre London, with September’s issue of The Strad Magazine praising his performances as “rendered in vivid colours, brilliantly placed and combining striking individual virtuosity with chamber like collegiality.”

After his recent birthday tribute to Fritz Kreisler at Carnegie Hall, highlights of coming months include recitals at the Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Konzerthuset Stockholm. He will play 7 concerts at Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with Vilde Frang and at the Lucerne Festival, Sibelius Concerto performances in Berlin follow, as well as his Kreisler Story disc release with Berlin Classics/EDEL on 12th August 2016.

In a dialogue with the audience Daniel Röhn evokes the golden age of violin playing of the 1920s and 30s in his own programme “The Kreisler Story”, seamlessly blending the art of communication through music with a narrative about the music itself.

As an outstanding talent Röhn was nominated the violinist of 2005 from the Konserthuset Stockholm, winning the “Rising Star” Award which has garnered him invitations from countless outstanding addresses, including repeat invitations from, among others, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Stockholm, Cappella Istropolitana, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Würtembergisches Kammerorchester, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, with invitations from conductors such as Ion Marin, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Hannu Lintu, Ruben Gazarian, Markus Poschner, and Ariel Zuckermann.

Festival appearances include the Mozartfestpiele in Würzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Deauville, the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and “Tonsättarfestivalen” of Contemporary Music in Stockholm.

In recital and as soloist Daniel has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Southbank Centre London, Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Cologne, Megaron Athens, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Herkulessaal, Prinzregententheater and Philharmonie Gasteig, Munich, Cité de la Musique Paris, Konserthuset Stockholm, CAMI Hall New York, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

His chamber music partners include Julia Fischer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Lisa Batiashvili, Gautier Capuçon, Antoin Tamestit, Arabella Steinbacher, Jörg Widmann, Julian Steckel, Lauma Skride, Ana Chumachenco, Lena Neudauer , Alexander Sitkovetsky, Viviane Hagner, Augustin Hadelich, Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Bertrand Chamayou, Sebastian Klinger, Danjulo Ishizaka, Paul Rivinius, Quatuor Ebène and the Belcea Quartett.

Daniel released the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and a recital disc of virtuoso pieces with Milana Chernyavska under the Claves label. Both recordings received numerous awards including the Diapason d’Or and a Pizzicato Supersonic Award.


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NameRöhn, Daniel
Born inSweden, Europe
Home LocationBerlin, Germany
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German,  Swedish 
Reviews
DANIEL RÖHN PLAYS WITH LUSTER AND SOLID TECHINIQUE
2016-11-18 MSO: MICHAL NESTEROWICZ, dir. Daniel Röhn, violin. Malmö Live17/11, Malmö
"Then it doesn't matter that world-violinist Lisa Batiashvili is replaced on short notice by Daniel Röhn. He plays in more or less the same league and delivers Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 with solid technique and tonal luster. He highlights the beauty of the first movement's melody and thereafter delivers the public into a secure state through the neck-breakingly forward flow. I have heard more temperamental interpretations, but at the same time there is relevance in profiling Prokofiev in the style of Mozart: Here there is a freeing independence, a playfulness that recalls to the flashy ties and suits the composer apparently collected!
Witold Lutoslawski's 'Little Suite for Orchestra' is related. Deliberately light but full in content. Solid yet free spirited. Let alone the introduction with the piccolo flute's obstinate notes shadowed by the accoridan-like strings, and a whispering drum roll sharpens the senses, and when then the lid is lifted to the big orchestra sound-block then a grand storytelling already has begun, ambitiously worked through but significantly more unpretentious than the contemporary works of European 1950s modernism. 
This also pervades the performance of Sibelius's 3rd Symphony, Michal Nesterowicz preserves the light, rich details, appropriating the phrasing without loosing the big orchestra sound and dive into the depths. That finally the brass' sound becomes golden coloured rather than of steel is not just because of the acoustic.

It is simply to constitute: Malmö Symphony Orchestra begins to resemble a Nordic character orchestra. A true profile is taking form. 
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(Matti Eden)
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Klassikkolumne
2016-10-18 Süddeutsche Zeitung,
"Fritz Kreisler war nicht nur einer der maßstabsetzenden Könige der Geigerei, sondern auch ein Komponist von hohen Graden. (...) Wer sie heute spielt, muss immer auch die Distanz zu Kreisler selbst bedenken, um nicht der fatalen Versuchung einer Imitation zu erliegen und damit diese Piecen zu verfehlen. Daniel Röhn, Spross einer berühmten Geigerdynastie, hat verstanden, dass diese Musik im doppelten Sinne des Wortes "vorgetragen" werden muss. Das gelingt Röhn animierend leichtfüßig, geistreich und mit zarter Brillianz."
(Harald Eggebrecht)
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Daniel Röhn in Recital at Carnegie Hall
2016-02-06 New York Concert Review, New York City
"Mr. Röhn combined technical wizardry, melting musicality, old-world style and panache, and a fair amount of historic edification in his comments, all woven seamlessly together into an utterly perfect evening.

Daniel Röhn's easy and elegant mastery, always with beauty of sound, purity of intonation, and elasticity of phrase. It was a wonder to behold and reaffirmed the grandeur of the "Golden Age of the Violin" of the 1920's and 1930's

If every performer communicated as well, as part virtuoso and part inspired educator, more concert halls would be packed – and his certainly was.
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(Rorianne Schrade)
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“Virtuoso pieces for violin and piano”
 DIAPASON D'OR, PARIS
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Recitals of a high quality are few and far between. Certain virtuoso violinists impress with their skill, but disappoint with their style or choice of repertoire. Others seduce with their elegance of tone, but lack panache or engagement. Daniel Röhn's recital excels in every sense.  A  student of Anna Chumachenco and grandson of Erich Röhn – solo violinist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Furtwängler – Daniel Röhn's album is absolutely dazzling from start to finish. With its skilful choice of repertoire, its sparkling virtuosity and an amazing (if slightly dramatic) temperament, he revives the tradition of his greatest forefathers. 


His incisive sonority often recalls that of Heifetz, his irreproachable delivery evokes that of Szeryng, the two great violinists he most admires. His interpretation of the challenging Fantasy in C major by Schubert is one of the greatest moments of the CD: it stands out as one of the most accomplished versions ever recorded. Röhn overcomes the difficulties with impertinent ease and gives the work the true quality of a fantasy: brilliance, capriciousness and infinite sensitivity, whilst the Ukrainian pianist proves to be an eloquent and dynamic partner. 


Sinding's Suite in A minor, Op.10, much loved by Heifetz, is another model of elegance and spontaneity. In the Brahms, Foster and Debussy, Daniel Röhn demonstrates maximum risk-taking and phenomenal control. His rich tones (he plays a beautiful 1617 Amati), powerful bowing and a true sense of theatre all come togther for the grand finale of this firework display: Paganini's Nel cor più non mi sento and Waxman's Carmen Fantasy. Fascinating and ….................memorable. <

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(Jean-Michel Molkhou)
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 MUSICAL OPINION, London
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The young violinist Daniel Röhn came to the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room on April 24th with a string of impressive plaudits from some of Europe's most respected critics, and, splendidly partnered by Irina Botan, he did not disappoint. Indeed, it would be difficult to overpraise this very fine young artist, for he possesses that longed-for but rarely encountered combination of technical excellence and musical depth of perception.




Perhaps we ought not to have been surprised, for he comes from an intensely musical family – but there is no guarantee with musical genes, merely, as in this case, an explanation for the undoubtedly compelling excellence of his artistry.




From the Tartini-Kreisler Variations on a Theme of Corelli it was clear that Röhn phrasing and intonation were immaculate, and if we imagined the early Mendelssohn Sonata was an unusual choice – it is not, when all is said and done, a neglected masterpiece, but Röhn's performance, more than ably partnered, raised the level of this still unfairly regarded work considerably. Indeed, although performances of Mendelssohn's F major Sonata are infrequent, it would be difficult to imagine a better realisation of the work than we heard on this occasion.




Bach's Chaconne of course is on the highest level of musical creation. Suffice it to say that Röhn was more than adequate to its musical and technical demands – this was a masterly account. Strauss's Sonata in E flat is beloved of violinists because it is so well written for the instrument, Daniel Röhn's performance which was, in the circumstances, mightily impressive.

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(Bob Matthew-Walker)
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