"The concert opened with a crisp and vigorous account of Die Fledernaus Overture by Johann Strauss Jr, and ended with Mozart Symphony No .41 in C major, the "Jupiter". This majestic work was played with high skill and dedication. Boico, who has a vigorous podium manner, conducted without a score. He was obviously immersed in the music, and his intensity was communicated to the players, who responded splendidly, with the orchestra's powerful and disciplined string tone heard to great effect. This was one of the orchestra's best performances."
ARTSMART (May 16, 2013)
"...Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor with Yuliana Avdeeva... The conductor, Daniel Boico from New York, was an admirable partner, and the orchestra excelled... Finally, the orchestra performed Georges Bizet's lively and tuneful Symphony No. 1 in C... Daniel Boico is a dynamic kind of conductor, and his vigorous approach was particularly well suited to this exuberant and romantic music."
ARTSMART (February 21, 2013)
"The concert opened with Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture and ended with Tchaikovsky's Orchestral Suite from his Swan Lake Ballet. The familiar music was given a bright and brilliant presentation under Daniel Boico's sure hand...He has visited Durban several times and is a favorite here. Under his vigorous but sympathetic direction, the orchestra gave a memorable performance that earned an ovation at the end."
ARTSMART (February 14, 2013)
"Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Second Symphony...suffused by Boico with crackling intensity, and sustained with focused attention to structure and dynamic differentiation."
Chicago Classical Review (September 9, 2012)
"In conductor Daniel Boico's hands, the score becomes a living artistic and musical organism, where each phrase and thematic utterance is delivered with sensitive, expressive care....This was a performance that did not disappoint. Boico's direction of the ensemble was from the top drawer where outstanding dynamic differentiation, and thematic layering toward climactic points added to the creation of a stellar performance."
CUE (July 3, 2012)
"The Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra...performed the work with elan, responding to conductor Daniel Boico's expressive gestures, attentively and sympathetically. With commanding podium flamboyance, Boico held the work together with noticeably superior direction over tempo changes, tonal balance, and ensemble cohesion. The hallmark of this interpretation - expressively shaped phrases and directional scaffolding towards climactic points - made for a memorable occasion."
CUE (June 29, 2012)
"It was a treat to listen to this rare piece of music so beautifully realized...the orchestra in fine fettle under Boico's inspired and passionate baton."
KZN Entertainment News & Reviews (June 25, 2012)
"Guest conductor Daniel Boico was the right man for Leonard Bernstein's Ballet suite "Fancy Free"...The orchestra at times bold, at times insightful, but always ever present dialogue partners (Barber Cello Concerto)...The orchestra attained compelling moments, especially in the passages of love songs and near-slient dirge (MacDowell Suite No. 2)"
Nurnberger Zeitung (February 12, 2012)
"...Star performer gave special luster to this second concert of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra's spring season in the Durban City Hall...Boico made a perceptible impact in a wide-ranging program of music by Manuel de Falla, Weber and Brahms. He is a dynamic and vigorous conductor, and he seemed to have established an excellent rapport with the orchestra...The result was an exciting performance of the second concert suite from Falla's Three-Cornered Hat ballet, culminating in a brilliant account of the final Jota , Spanish music taken to its ultimate level."
ARTSMART (September 22, 2011)
"… Mr. Masur was to have conducted the piece again on Wednesday with its original soloists, Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca Young, who make up the first stand of the orchestra’s viola section. But he was suffering, the orchestra said, from an eye infection that prevented him from reading the score. The Philharmonic’s talented assistant conductor, Daniel Boico, stepped in, leading a smoldering performance that featured sensitive and subtle work from Ms. Phelps and Ms. Young."
New York Times (April 14, 2011)
Orchestra Recitations Of 2 Symphonic Poems
"New York Philharmonic/Masur [Les Préludes & Brahms 1 ... Daniel Boico conducts Gubaidulina’s Two Paths with Cynthia Phelps & Rebecca Young]
…Daniel Boico, the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Conductor, would be conducting Sofia Gubaidulina's Two Paths because Kurt Masur was "suffering from a temporary eye infection"…Gubaidulina's Two Paths for a pair of violas and orchestra was composed and premiered in 1999…Boico's impressive, lucid conducting summoned shifting moods, yet the performance presented a work more meditative and assured than when it was premiered, and with far more detail and dynamic contrast."
www.classicalsource.com (April 14, 2011)
Reviewed by: Gene Gaudette
"Kurt Masur was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 to 2002. Since then, he has returned as a guest conductor, as he did in mid-April. He conducted two works: Les Préludes, the tone poem by Liszt, and Brahms’s First Symphony. He did not conduct a third work on the program, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, a concerto for two violas. That was taken care of by the Philharmonic’s assistant conductor, Daniel Boico (and taken care of very well, too). Masur conducted the premiere of this concerto in 1999. Why didn’t he conduct this recent performance? A note slipped into our programs told the tale: Owing to an eye infection, he could not read the score. As you might expect, he has the Liszt and the Brahms in memory."
New York chronicle (June 2011)
by Jay Nordlinger
"…Daniel Boico took the podium for the Gubaidulina concerto. His conducting was almost the polar opposite of Masur's: clear and precise beats for every measure, left hand cues when necessary, and he kept a close eye on the score. To be fair, these concerts are only the second time the Philharmonic has performed this piece, so everyone in the room was paying extra attention, including Boico. He had the task of being pressed into service as conductor for this piece at the last minute, and to a neophyte conductor like myself, that seems like a massive challenge. But what an opportunity! Boico performed admirably, managing the music and the soloists."
Phil’s Occasional Musings (April 14, 2011)
"…Mr. Masur unable to read sheet music this week. Assistant conductor Daniel Boico stepped in.
Two Paths, inspired by the New Testament figures of Mary and Martha, is a set of seven variations. Mr. Boico juxtaposed jarring brass chords and unusual percussion with otherworldly orchestral textures."
Superconductor (April 15, 2011)
By Paul Pelkonen Concert Review: Two Paths, Two Rivals, Two Conductors
"…Assistant Conductor Boico and the Philharmonic's Cynthia Phelps and Rebecca Young produced a spellbinding performance of Ms. Gubaidulina's interesting work."
Leonard Link (April 16, 2011)
Masur Back at the NY Philharmonic
"Daniel Boico was ‘making a difference’ thanks to the spectacularly magnetic quality of his gesture, and the commanding force of a musical idea, of an interpretive choice towards which the efforts of the entire orchestra were directed. His dramatic posture on the podium (always functional to the score and never narcissistic) was accompanied by an interpretation that was at all times imaginative, visual…"
Annely Zeni, Alto Adige
"What is most powerful about Daniel’s two precious renderings is his proven interpretive ability, one that does not force any subjective twists but rather evokes the most discreet charm out of the music score."
Giuseppe Calliari, Spettacoli