A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St. Petersburg. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied viola and conducting. Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, he also took classes with maestri such as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi and Jorma Panula.
At the age of twenty, Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg, and was soon in demand as one of Europe’s leading viola players. He chose to make a gradual transition into a conducting career and soon became recognised as one of the most versatile conductors of the younger generation. Raiskin, who cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes.
Since 2005, Daniel Raiskin has been the Chief Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and since 2008 he has held the same title with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Lódz. His regular appearances in the opera house have included Carmen directed by Calixto Bieito for the Opera Zuid, and also at the Koblenzer Stadttheater, where he conducted Shostakovich’s The Nose. In summer 2011, Raiskin conducted an acclaimed production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the St. Margarethen Opernfestspiele in Austria.
Daniel Raiskin’s engagements in the 2014/15 season included debuts with Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid, Russian State Symphony Orchestra (ex Svetlanov) in Moscow, San Antonio Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony
and return invitations as guest conductor with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Jenaer Philharmonie, Mariinsky Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and further afield with the Belgian National and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestras.
Among the major soloists with whom Daniel Raiskin has appeared are Martin Fröst, Alban Gerhardt, Natalia Gutman, Peter Jablonski, Janine Jansen, Kari Kriikku, Lang Lang, Alexei Lubimov, Mischa Maisky, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Steven Osborne, Enrico Pace, Ivo Pogorelich, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Benjamin Schmid, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Julian Steckel and Alexei Volodin.
Recent recordings include the entire Brahms symphonies with the label TwoPianists and Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with the label AVI, both to great critical acclaim. His recording with cello concertos by Korngold, Bloch and Goldschmidt with Julian Steckel and the label AVI Records received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012.