Nicholas Daniel's long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He is one of the UK's most distinguished soloists and a highly successful conductor.
As one of the UK's most distinguished soloists as well as a highly successful conductor, Nicholas Daniel has become an important ambassador for music and musicians in many different fields. In recognition of this, he was recently awarded the prestigious Queen's Medal for Music.
Daniel has been heard on every continent, and has been a concerto soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras and conductors, working under conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Sir Roger Norrington, Oliver Knussen, Richard Hickox, Jiri Belohlavek, David Robertson, Sir Mark Elder and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In addition to his extensive experience in Baroque and nineteenth-century music, he is an important force in the creation and performance of new repertoire for oboe, and has premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, Nigel Osborne, John Tavener, James MacMillan and Sir Michael Tippett.
He made his conducting debut at the Proms in 2004 with Britten Sinfonia, of which he is an artistic associate and founder member. He has conducted many projects with the orchestra over 20 years including BBC broadcasts, with repertoire ranging from Strauss's Metamorphosen and Finzi's Dies Natalis with Ian Bostridge to the Britten Serenade, Mozart, Haydn and many new works.
He is oboist to the California-based chamber ensemble Camerata Pacifica and is Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen and was Artistic Director of the prestigious Dartington International Summer School for 2014. An active chamber musician, Daniel is a founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet and enjoys a long history of collaboration with artists including the pianist Julius Drake and the Maggini and Lindsay String Quartets.