Known for his musical sensitivity and inspired performances, violinist Daniel Dastoor has emerged as one of Canada’s leading young artists. A native of Montreal and a frequent participant in competitions and festivals, Daniel is a winner of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award and the Calgary Philharmonic’s Marley Rynd Performance Scholarship. He won first and second prize at the Prix Ravel of the Écoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, won first and second prize at the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Competition, and is a prizewinner of the Canadian Music and Alberta Festival competitions. He has also performed as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic and with the Lethbridge Symphony. Recent and upcoming appearances include performances in San Francisco, Toronto, at the Trondheim Chamber Festival, and a quartet tour of Nova Scotia presented by Musique Royale and the Lunenburg Academy.
A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has participated in the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival, National Arts Center’s Young Artist Program, Fontainebleau Festival, Trondheim International Chamber Festival, Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Banff Centre Festival, and Orford Music Academy. Invited to perform as guest violinist with the UCalgary String Quartet faculty quartet in residence from 2016-2018, Daniel participated in Calgary Pro Musica’s Young Artists Development Program in the 2016-2017 season. He participated again in the 2017-2018 season as part of the Walden Piano Trio, with which he competed in the 45th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and with which he was mentored by the Gryphon Trio at the Festival del Lago Academy in Ajijic, Mexico.
Active in the concert scene, Daniel competed in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, has appeared as part of the Festival de Febrero, Concerts@100, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Arts & Letters Club of Toronto series, and has given solo and chamber performances across North America and Europe. Recent projects include recordings in Toronto’s Koerner Hall and in St. Louis, Missouri, and an online performance as part of the Banff Centre’s EvoFest: Evolution Concert Series. Daniel has performed with many great musicians including Barbara Hannigan, Vivian Hornik-Weilerstein, Krzysztof Jablonski, Diana Ligeti, Robert McDonald, Barry Shiffman, and members of the Danish String Quartet and Tetzlaff Quartet. A frequent performer in masterclasses and festivals, he has had the opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Noah Bendix-Balgley, Miguel da Silva, James Ehnes, Mauricio Fuks, Joseph Kalichstein, Ida Kavafian, Joel Krosnick, Stefan Mendl, Régis Pasquier, Merry Peckham, Gérard Poulet, Joel Smirnoff, Roger Tapping, and Pinchas Zukerman.
An equally experienced orchestral musician, Daniel has performed as concertmaster of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and University of Calgary Orchestra, has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, McGill Symphony Orchestra, and Orford Academy Orchestra, and has served as a substitute in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel is currently in the first year of his Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Ian Swensen. Most recently, he completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School where he studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman as a Temerty Fellow. He holds degrees in music from the Mount Royal Conservatory and the University of Calgary where he studied with Bill van der Sloot, and degrees in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. He plays on a 1737 Guidantus violin on generous loan from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Daniel gratefully acknowledges the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation for their generous support for his studies in San Francisco.