Concertmaster, Danielle Maddon
Violinist Danielle Maddon is widely recognized by audiences around the world for her vibrant, expressive playing and broad experience as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Performing on both modern and period instruments, Ms. Maddon has appeared in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and in Vatican City, performing a repertoire that spans four centuries. Critics have hailed her playing as “magnificent and heartfelt.”
One of Boston’s most in-demand musicians, she performs with Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Pops, the Boston Musica Viva, the Handel and Haydn Society, Cantata Singers, Aston Magna, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Cecilia, and other groups locally and across the country.
With the New England Philharmonic, under the direction of Richard Pittman, Ms. Maddon is exploring a rich repertoire of contemporary violin concertos as a challenging and rewarding part of her concertmaster position. In this annual endeavor, she has performed concertos of Berg, Harbison, Schuller, Janacek Zwillich, Tsontakis, Barber, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, William Schumann, and Andy Vores. This season, she will perform Bernard Hoffer’s Violin Concerto on March 1, 2014, commissioned by the New England Philharmonic and written for her.
Variety Is the Spice of Life
From performing complete runs of musicals at the Boston’s Wang Center as concertmaster in Jerome Kern’s Showboat with Tom Bosley and in the heroic violin section of the first Boston run of Les Miserables at the Schubert Theater, to cabaret concerts, to playing in Vatican Square for the Pope, to soloing in Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, to her Carnegie Hall performances, and countless chamber music festival performances, her musicality is boundless.
Ms. Maddon was twice awarded full fellowships to both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and has won concertmaster posts working with conductors Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, and Sir Charles Grove. For four seasons she was concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony with conductor David Hoose. Ms. Maddon performed as a first violinist in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and tutored violin students at the National University of Singapore.
An avid gardener, her small but mighty garden has been featured frequently in garden tours by the Allston-Brighton Historical Society. She is a four-time prize winner of the City of Boston’s Making Boston Grow competition, most recently winning a first prize, a Golden Trowel, for her 2011 Dante garden, a horticultural interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy.