Daniel Spalding brings to the podium a sophisticated sense of programming and color, and the warmth and excitement that is the mark of a versatile and complex musician. Born in Kansas, he earned advanced degrees at Northwestern University School of Music, where he specialized in percussion and composition, and later pursued conducting studies in Austria at the Salzburg "Mozarteum," in Romania with Mircea Cristescu of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic, and in the United States with Max Rudolf. He made his European debut in 1985 with the Romanian State Philharmonic in Cluj-Napoca, where he was shortly afterwards appointed principal guest conductor. In addition, he appeared and toured with most other State Philharmonics throughout Romania, including a program featuring the Mahler First Symphony with the Ploiesti State Philharmonic which was broadcast on Romanian State Television. His many successes helped bring him to the attention of Sergiu Comissiona, who subsequently invited him to be his assistant with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Spalding is a visionary and orchestra builder. As founder of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, he quickly secured international acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Over the years he won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEW Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for American Music, the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and many others, in order to support the orchestra’s innovative local programs. Mr. Spalding has taken the Philadelphia Virtuosi to prestigious venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and twice to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, where it was acclaimed by the Palm Beach Daily News as the classical performance highlight of the season. Since 1996, the orchestra has performed in 23 states including performances in major metropolitan centers such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Miami, and Phoenix. Internationally, Daniel Spalding has taken the orchestra to the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts and on three extensive tours to South America, where they have performed at many important international festivals and appeared on Brazilian National Television.
Daniel Spalding is well known as a recording artist. He has secured an impressive international reputation through a series of CDs with the Philadelphia Virtuosi on the Connoisseur Society label and on Naxos. Pianoforte (UK) described their debut CD, which was a Grammy finalist, as "a real success...a delight, full of fresh ideas...highly polished," and the American Record Guide called it "powerful...highly entertaining and exciting." Their recording of the music of American composer George Antheil for the Naxos American Classics Series (8.559060, including the enigmatic Ballet Mecanique) was "Editor’s Choice" for Gramophone and highly recommended by BBC Radio 3. Commenting that "Spalding gives a stunningly tight performance, captivating the listener throughout," the London Observer named it as one of the best CDs of the year. It was acclaimed as one of the top 10 classical CD’s of 2001 by the Chicago Tribune and was a best-selling album in the UK and has remained one of Naxos’ most popular CDs in the United States. Daniel Spalding’s latest projects include a new all-George Antheil CD, soon to be released on New World Records and an all-Howard Hanson CD on Naxos (8.559251). Both albums include works which are world premiere recordings. In addition, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has recently been broadcast in live performance on National Public Radio’s program "Performance Today."
Daniel Spalding has guest conducted leading orchestras as well as opera and ballet companies throughout Europe and North America. Notable appearances include a sold out, standing room only performance of the Mozart Requiem at Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris, an extended run of the Nutcracker with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison Ballet, a new production of Il Trovatore with the Kolozvar Hungarian State Opera, and Music from the Movies with the Sacramento Symphony. Early in his career, Daniel Spalding was recommended by Aaron Copland to present an All-American Concert with the Belgrade Philharmonic that was broadcast world-wide on Voice of America, including the rarely heard Copland Piano Concerto and the Yugoslavian premiere of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. He made his debut in the United Kingdom with the Guildford Philharmonic, and has appeared several times as a guest conductor with the London Mozart Players at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. He was the first American to be invited to conduct the National Russian Philharmonic in Tomsk and has also appeared in Russia with the St. Petersburg Academic State Capella Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he has collaborated extensively with the Polish Philharmonic of Opole, where he conducts each season.