Nicholas Daniel

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Nicholas Daniel
Born (1962-01-09) 9 January 1962 (age 61)
Years active1980–present

Nicholas Daniel OBE (born 9 January 1962) is a British oboist and conductor. In 2003 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Leicester International Music Festival.


He was educated at Salisbury Cathedral School and the Purcell School.[1]


Daniel won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 1980 and was awarded the 2011 Queen's Medal for Music.,[2] cited as having made “an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the nation”.[3] In 2016 his recording of concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award.[4]

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to music.[5]

Teaching posts[edit]

Daniel was Professor of Oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for ten years, then in 1997 became Professor of Oboe and Conducting at the Indiana University School of Music. He then was invited to be Prince Consort Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2004, he was named Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany.

Performing ensembles[edit]

Nicholas Daniel is a founding member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and Britten Sinfonia, and formed a duo with pianist Julius Drake in 1981.[6]

As Principal Oboe of Britten Sinfonia, Daniel has frequently appeared as a member of the orchestra and also as a soloist/director. In 2009 Britten Sinfonia released its first own label recording, which features Nicholas Daniel in John Tavener's Songs of the Sky.

In September 2021 Daniel was appointed as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Orion Orchestra.


Daniel has commissioned and premiered many new works for the oboe, to increase its status as a solo instrument. Such works include:


Daniel has recorded many albums, both solo work and chamber music, such as:

  • Alwyn oboe concerto
  • Alwyn Chamber works
  • Alwyn Chamber works vol 2
  • Alwyn Orchestral works
  • Arnold Orchestral works: Fantasia Conifer
  • Berkeley oboe concerto
  • Bliss Chamber works
  • Finzi Orchestral works: Eclogue
  • Finzi, Howells, Patterson works for oboe & piano
  • Horovitz oboe concerto
  • Elena Langer Landscape With Three People
  • Martinu Sinfonia Concertante
  • Moeran Fantasy Quartet
  • Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat
  • Mozart Wind Concertos
  • Mozart Chamber works
  • Thea Musgrave Helios; Memento Vitae
  • Strauss Sinfonia no 2; oboe concerto
  • Woolrich The Ghost in the Machine
  • French Chamber Music for Woodwinds
  • French Oboe Sonatas
  • Five Italian Oboe Concertos
  • Oboe Alone
  • Oboe Sonatas with Julius Drake
  • Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos [11]


  1. ^ Stevens, Alex (16 October 2013). "Purcell School 'deletes' head of music role ‒ the background". Classical Music Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "The Queen's Medal for Music 2011". The Official Website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Biography « Nicholas Daniel".
  4. ^ "BBC Music Magazine Award Winners". Music Magazine Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B12.
  6. ^ Rian Evans (12 April 2003). "Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake (The Courtyard, Hereford)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  7. ^ Rian Evans (11 August 2006). "Britten Sinfonia/Watkins (Snape Proms, Aldeburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (9 November 2006). "Britten Sinfonia/Daniel (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  9. ^ Rowena Smith (7 March 2007). "SCO/Gardner (City Halls, Glasgow)". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2008.
  10. ^ Katie Vickers. "Personal view from Nicholas Daniel". Southbank Centre. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  11. ^ "BBC Music Magazine Award Winners". Music Magazine Awards. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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