Violinist Ariadne Daskalakis is a discerning musician with a profound understanding of musical language and a keen interest in its historical development. The flexibility and warmth of her tone are celebrated internationally by audiences and critics alike.
Highlights of her career include solo appearances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, The Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Athens State Orchestra as well as recitals in venues such as the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie Berlin, the Philharmonie Köln, the Gulbenkian Center Lisbon, the Megaron Hall Athens and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Her current season includes performances of Violin Concerti by Bach and Vivaldi with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the New Rhine Chamber Orchstra and the Orchestra of the Aachen Cathedral. Recent appearances included collaborations with the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Her performances have won her prizes in the International Competition of the ARD Munich (with pianist Miri Yampolsky in 1998) and the St. Louis Symphony Young Artists Competition 2000, as well as from the Harvard Music Association, the New England Conservatory and the Dortmund Mozart Society. She currently plays a violin by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini. Her CD recordings are available on the labels Naxos, Tudor and Carpe Diem. Her release of violin concerti by Guiseppe Tartini was featured as Naxos CD of the month and as concerto selection in The Strad (June 2007). Her most recent CD release, Handel – Complete Violin Sonatas, with Ensemble Vintage Köln, on the Naxos label, was ‘Selection of the Month’ in The Strad magazine (January 2012).
An extremely versatile artist, she has collaborated with various composers, creating new works and genres for the stage. She has researched, performed and recorded lesser-known works by Tartini, van Bree, Kalliwoda and Raff. Ariadne is a founding member of Ensemble Vintage Köln, a group of distinguished musicians specialising in baroque performance on period instruments.
Born of Greek parentage in Boston, USA, Ariadne Daskalakis studied violin with Eric Rosenblith and Szymon Goldberg (at the Juilliard School) and in Berlin with Professors Ilan Gronich and Thomas Brandis. She holds degrees with honours from Harvard College and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. In 2000 she became the youngest Professor of Violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Students of hers have won prizes at international competitions and play in various professional orchestras. In the summer of 2012 Ariadne Daskalakis founded the “Music from Land’s End” festival in Wareham, Massachusetts. In September she led the International Chamber Music Week in Montepulciano at the European Music Academy at Palazzo Ricci.