Concertmaster, Danielle Maddon
Violinist Danielle Maddon is well known to New England audiences for her vibrant playing and broad experience as a soloist, concertmaster, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Performing on both modern and period instruments, Ms. Maddon has appeared in venues including Carnegie Hall, Vatican City, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, in repertoire spanning four centuries. Critics have hailed her playing as “magnificent,” “stunning,” “masterful,” and “heartfelt.” She performs, tours, and records frequently with Boston area groups including Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Pops, the Handel and Haydn Society, Cantata Singers, Aston Magna, and others.
Ms. Maddon was twice awarded full fellowships to both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, winning concertmaster posts for conductors Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, and Sir Charles Grove. For four seasons, she was concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony. Ms. Maddon performed as a first violinist in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and tutored violin students at the National University of Singapore.
As concertmaster and soloist for the New England Philharmonic under Richard Pittman, she has performed thirteen violin concertos by modern masters such as Barber, Harbison, Dutilleux, and Lutoslawski. These performances include three works written for her: a violin concerto by Bernard Hoffer, and two violin concertos by Andy Vores. This season, she will perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto (To the Memory of an Angel) with Richard Pittman and the New England Philharmonic on April 30, 2016.
Danielle is devoted to performing chamber music, and is one of the founders and directors of the New England Philharmonic Chamber Players. These small ensembles from the Orchestra perform great chamber music repertoire from the past and present, in concerts throughout the New England area. Their series of three family concerts for the Boston Children’s Museum dynamically introduces children to the different families of instruments in the orchestra, and demonstrates the notion of playing music as a joyous, life-long pursuit among friends. In their first year, the Chamber Players have performed at venues including the Peabody -Essex Museum in Salem, Magazine Beach in Cambridge, and Drucker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library.