Described by critics as "Dynamic, vigorous, exciting and imaginative - an undisputed star who combines magnetic charisma with a skilled technique" fast-rising conductor Daniel Boico has quickly made a mark on the music scene. His innate musical sensitivity paired with a keen ear and deep musicianship have produced exciting performances with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia. As Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, Mr. Boico lead all of the Philharmonic’s popular Young People’s Concerts, among other concerts, and covered 30 weeks in each season, including all tours, as well as assisted music director Alan Gilbert and visiting guest conductors. His debut with the New York Philharmonic took place in 2009, sharing the podium with Riccardo Muti, and was followed by his subscription debut in April 2011, when he replaced Kurt Masur on short notice in what the New York Times called "a smoldering performance" of Sofia Gubaidulina's Two Paths: A dedication to Mary and Martha for two violas and orchestra.
In January 2012/February 2013, Daniel Boico served as Cover Conductor on the Chicago Symphony's Asia tour to Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Seoul. Daniel Boico was Music Director of the
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Illinois, 2002-2006, and the Skokie Concert
Choir, as well as staff conductor at the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and
assistant conductor to Cliff Colnot of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Mr.
Boico was also Visiting Professor and Director of Orchestras at Grand Valley State University,
Mr. Boico also has extensive experience in music administration, planning and programming, having worked as executive assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Chicago Symphony and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and for Chicago Symphony Presents, and as Manager of Artistic Administration of the New York Philharmonic.
Born in Israel to musician parents, Daniel Boico was raised in both Paris and the United States, and began his formal conducting studies with Victor Yampolsky of Northwestern University. After completing his undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Boico joined the class of the distinguished Russian conducting professor Ilya Musin at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. While under the tutelage of Maestro Musin, he assisted him in master classes given in London’s Royal Academy of Music and Manchester’s Royal Northern Academy of Music.
Having completed his Graduate Training Course in conducting at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Boico was promptly engaged by several Russian orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic and the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since 1995, Daniel Boico has been a frequent guest conductor in Europe, Russia and the Americas. Performances have included:
· Maastricht Symphony Orchestra, Ufa (Russia) Ballet Company, tour of Holland and Belgium, The Nutcracker (1995)
· Moscow Philharmonic, Russia, all-American program (1996)
· Bacau Philharmonic, Romania (1997)
· Kishinev Philharmonic, Moldova, all-American program (1997)
· Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Russia (1997)
· Berlin Radio Orchestra, Young Artists Debut (1998)
· Iasi Philharmonic, Romania (1999)
· Novosibirsk and Omsk Philharmonics, Russia (1999)
· Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin, Shlomo Mintz (1999)
· Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim Conductors’ Workshop, Carnegie Hall (2000)
· World premiere recording, Chandos label, Nino Rota’s Cello Concertos, Dimitry Yablonsky, I Virtuosi Italiani, Audiophile Audition’s Best of the Year list for 2002. (2000)
· El Salvador National Orchestra, El Salvador premiere of Rachmaninov 2nd symphony (2001)
· Amalfi Coast Music Festival, Italy (2001)
· Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz “The Trojans”, assistant and second conductor to Zubin Mehta (2001/2002)
· Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indiana (2002)
· Australian Youth Orchestra National Summer Music Camp, resident conductor, two live concerts for the Australian Broadcasting Company (2002)
· Saint Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Russia, 3rd International Week of Conservatories, U.S. speaker and conductor, all-American program (2003)
· Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan, Taipei Music Festival (2004)
· International Contemporary Ensemble (2005)
· Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Wagner Parsifal, assistant conductor to Daniel Barenboim (2006)
· Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Mexico City, world premiere Hilda Paredes’s Recordare (2006)
· Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (2007)
· New York Philharmonic debut, sharing the podium with Maestro Riccardo Muti. (2009)
· Orqesta Sinfónica Nacional, Mexico City (2009, re-invitations in 2010, 2011)
· New York Philharmonic, Itzhak Perlman, Rotary International’s “Concert to End Polio” (2009)
· New York Philharmonic, Brass and Percussion Ensemble (2010)
· Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Qabala International Music Festival, Azerbaijan (2010)
· Limburg Symphony Orchestra, tour of Maastricht, Heerlen and Venlo, The Netherlands (2010)
· New York Philharmonic, step-in for Kurt Masur, Gubaidulina concerto for two violas “Two Paths” (2011)
· Beethoven Festival Chicago 2011, 2012, Guest Conductor
· KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, South African premiere of Brahms'
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25, Orchestrated by Schoenberg in 1937 (2011, re-invitations in 2012, 2013)
· Orqesta Sinfónica Nacional, Costa Rica (2011, 2012)
· The Florida Orchestra, Concerts in the Parks (2011)
· San Francisco Ballet, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker (2011)
· New West Symphony, Young People's Concerts (2012)
· Nurnberger Symphoniker, Germany, (2012, re-invitation in 2014, mini-tour)
In 1996, Mr. Boico was invited to participate in the Second Prokofiev International Conducting Competition, where he was a finalist and prizewinner. He was the first Israeli to be named a finalist and prizewinner in the 1997 Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition, and there he was awarded the Special Public Prize. In 1998 he was one of two finalists in the Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain.
Mr. Boico has collaborated with such fine soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuliana Avdeeva, Hrachya Avanesyan, Nina Schumann, Shai Wosner, Aviram Reichert, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, James Ehnes, Pablo Sainz-Villegas, Maximilian Hornung, Dimitry Berlinsky, Dimitry Yablonsky, Gabor Boldocki and Eric Owens. As an educator of young musicians, Mr. Boico has recently worked with high school All-State ensembles in New York and California, as well as with the Ithaca College and DePaul University Symphony Orchestras. Equally at home with contemporary music, world premieres have included works by Nino Rota, Steven Gerber, David Winkler, Karen LeFrak, Hilda Paredes, Carlos Escalante and Eddie Mora.
Upcoming engagements include subscription concerts with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, a mini-tour and a recording project of Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1 with the Nurnberger Symphoniker for the Bayerishcer Rudfunk, a residency with the DePaul Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2013, and a residency at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, South Africa, among others.
Daniel Boico resides in New York with his wife, Anastasia, and daughter Naomi.