For the past 14 years, conductor Daniel Myssyk has been Artistic Director of the Montreal based Orchestre de chambre Appassionata. He is also Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Daniel Myssyk conducts repertoire from the classical, romantic, modern and contemporary periods with great attention to stylistically appropriate detail. He maintains a consistent and continuous engagement with opera in a variety of styles ranging from Mozart to Menotti. Sensitive to the music of our time, he has contributed to the creation of many contemporary North-American works, including the world-premiere of Anthony Brandt’s opera, “The Birth of Something” with Da Camera in Houston. Under his leadership, two recent VCU Opera productions of The Old Maid and the Thief (2012) and Hansel & Gretel (2011) won respectively First and Second Prizes at the National Opera Association competition.
Recent engagements include his debut with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the All-Virginia State Symphony. He brought Appassionata on its first American tour in January 2012, which included two concerts in Richmond. The orchestra also toured before enthused audiences in Ontario in January of 2014.
Myssyk’s recordings have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2012, he completed the recording of “Czech Serenades” with works by Suk and Dvorak. The CD was in nomination for best recording of the year at the “ADISQ” awards, Quebec’s equivalent of the Grammys and at the Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique. Jean-Yves Duperron of the Classical Music Sentinel wrote:
Conductor Daniel Myssyk and the members of the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra ply their magic in this music, and shape each and every phrase, and infuse each and every note, with care and sincere expression. I’ve rarely heard these two works played with this much conviction.
In 2010, his CD “Idyla” (on Fidelio label), was nominated for an Opus Prize as best recording of the year. A CD featuring American trumpet player Rex Richardson playing Dana Wilson’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Strings” was released on Summit Records, earning rave reviews from the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
Among the highlights of the past few years, Myssyk has been guest conductor of Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. In June 2007, he made his debut at the Round Top International Festival (Texas) and later that summer served as associate conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he was a guest of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Festival international de Lanaudière, Canada’s largest music festival. His first appearance with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal was in February 2012.
In demand as an adjudicator, he was invited to sit on an international panel of judges for the 2013 Canadian Music Competition, judging more than 225 candidates during the final round of the competition. He is also acting in the same capacity throughout Virginia.
Daniel Myssyk studied conducting under the greatest masters, most notably David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Tomas Koutnik at the Orford Arts Center. In 2006, he completed a Master Degree in Conducting under Larry Rachleff at Rice University and served as his assistant for two years with the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, two orchestras that bring together some of the finest music students from the United States and abroad. He also earned a Master Degree in Theory from the Université de Montréal and received a First Prize in Double Bass from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
To find out more about Daniel Myssyk, please visit his website here.