When talent is passed on from generation to generation, it often happens in an unpresumptuous way. Such is the case with Daniel Röhn – one of the most remarkable violinists of the present day. The 3rd generation of on of Germany’s most distinguished musical traditions, both his grandfather (Erich Röhn) and father (Andreas Röhn) played an active part in shaping the universally unique German orchestral landscape as renowned concert masters of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Furwängler era and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Now the new generation has joined those ranks as a soloist, who will no doubt contribute significantly to the world of the violin.
Recent and upcoming debuts include appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin. Alongside Rolando Villazon, he is now a guest star curator for KlassikRadio Germany.
At the invitation of Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Röhn has made numerous guest appearances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR’s Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn to name but a few. He has performed as soloist under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Muti, Ion Marin, Markus Poschner, Hannu Lintu, Michal Nesterowicz, Alan Buribayev among others, and has appeared in the world’s most esteemed concert halls including Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Munich Philharmonic’s Gasteig Cultural Centre, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Vienna Konzerthaus, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Southbank Centre London, Wigmore Hall London, Megaron Athens, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Philharmonie Cologne, and Carnegie Hall New York.
Festival appearances include the Rheingau Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lucerne Festival, Montpellier Radio-France Festival, Deauville Festival, and chamber music partners include Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, Vilde Frang, Augustin Hadelich, Nils Mönkemeyer, Antoin Tamestit, Gautier Capuçon, Julian Steckel, Daniel Blendulf, Alexander Chaushian, Rohan de Silva, Bertrand Chamayou, Jonathan Gilad, Milana Chernyavska, Paul Rivinius, Jörg Widmann, Quatuor Ebène and the Belcea Quartet.
Describing his playing style requires more than merely mentioning his impressive technical brilliance. Daniel Röhn draws on traditions of musical expression that had been virtually consigned to the past. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that Ruggiero Ricci, one of the most eminent violin virtuosos of the last century, enthusiastically endorsed the young artist: “The way he plays is reminiscent of the old masters!” Even today, Daniel Röhn is still quick to acknowledge these commendatory words with his own brand of self-irony: “I found my own trademark style by listening to all the Kreislers and Heifetzs. One of my best teachers was my parents’ record cabinet.”
Perhaps few other contemporary musicians are capable of bringing back to life the sparkling treasures of Fritz Kreisler as masterfully as Daniel Röhn on his album “The Kreisler Story” (Berlin Classics) which was highly reviewed in BBC Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Fono Forum, London Telegraph and the London Guardian.
Röhn’s homage to music, film and literature of the culturally unparalleled fertile period between the two world wars, is heartily expressed through his project “The Golden Violin – Music of the 20’s” – premiered with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in February 2019 with renowned German actress Martina Gedeck.
Daniel Röhn honed his extraordinary talent at a young age, studying under Ana Chumachenco at Munich University of Music and Performing Arts.
Photo: Nikolaj Lund