Daniel Herscovitch

Daniel Herscovitch studied with Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music then, with the generous support of a German Government DAAD scholarship, under Professor Rosl Schmid in Munich. While based in Germany he performed extensively on the continent and in England and toured Australia three times.  He also appeared at several international festivals including the Berlin Festival, the Zagreb Biennale and the Saarbrücken Tage der Neuen Musik.

Since returning to Australia he has been active in solo and chamber music, and has appeared at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the New Directions Festival and the Festivals of Melbourne and Sydney. He was a regular guest artist at the Sydney Spring Festival of New Music. He has also toured for Musica Viva and New Zealand several times. He has appeared with Synergy, Flederman, the Song Company and the Australia Ensemble and has toured with The Seymour Group. He was a soloist in the first Australian performance of the Bartók Concerto for Two Pianos. He has appeared in concert with Wanda Wilkomirska, Jane Manning, Clemens Leske, Gerard Willems, Bernadette Harvey and Ole Böhn.

Last year he made his fourth visit to the USA, this time performing Bach’s Art of Fugue as well as giving masterclasses and workshops. He visits Indonesia annually and his overseas tour early this year took him to Hong Kong, the UK, Norway and Germany.

Daniel’s solo repertoire ranges from Purcell to Carter and beyond, and includes contemporary Australian, Asian, European and American works, several of which he commissioned and premiered. He has also presented papers at conferences in Australia and Europe on ornamentation in Bach, Bach’s Art of Fugue, ornamentation in Beethoven, as well as on practice methods, and he is sought after as guest lecturer on subjects ranging from baroque performance to Bartók.

His recordings of repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st centuries have been released on Tall Poppies, Toccata Classics, CSM, Continuum,  Biodiversity, Wirripang and ABC Classics labels. CDs of works by Roger Smalley and Peter Dart are scheduled for release later this year. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at The University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he has also lectured for many years in chamber music and piano pedagogy.