Israeli-Canadian violinist and violist Daniel Bard discovered his passion for chamber music during the six years he spent as part of Canada’s Metro String Quartet, which collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler and Gilbert Kalish. Today, he is a sought after chamber musician, performing regularly across Europe, Israel, and Scandinavia with both smaller ensembles, as well as chamber orchestras.
Mr. Bard began his studies in Israel with Avigdor Zamir and at age 13 moved to Toronto and worked with David Zafer, Lorand Fenyves, Peter Oundjian, and David Takeno. In 2007, he co-founded Trio Mondrian, which won first prize, as well as a special prize for their interpretation of Brahms at the 2007 International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy. The Trio has since performed at prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, including a Wigmore Hall debut, and received a Fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust of London in 2009. Mr. Bard has been a principal player in Sweden’s Camerata Nordica since 2003 and is a regular guest at the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. In 2007, he was invited by Tabea Zimmermann to guest-lead the Camerata Bern, resulting in numerous collaborations over the past few seasons.
He was principal violist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta from 2009 to 2016, and recently became
concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Bard is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project. He plays on a 1686 Giovanni Grancino violin generously on loan from Yehuda Zisapel.