Two time Chalmers-award winner Daniel Bard was born in Haifa, Israel, where he began his violin studies. He moved with his family to Toronto in1990 and then studied with David Zafer. He also worked with Lorand Fenyves in Toronto, Peter Oundjian in the U.S., and David Takeno in London.Daniel co-founded Trio Mondrian, which performed together from 2007-2019. The trio received the first prize at the 2007 International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy and performed at prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and Venice's La Fenice. Trio Mondrian was named a BBT fellowship winner in 2009. Daniel is also a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, with which he has toured since 2008.
Daniel is passionate about repertoire for chamber orchestra and has been invited by Tabea Zimmermann to guest lead Camerata Bern, and directed numerous projects with Sweden’s Camerata Nordica and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He was principal violist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta from 2009 to 2016. In 2017 Daniel became concertmaster of the Basel Chamber Orchestra where he performed “Meta Arca” by Heinz Holliger with the composer conducting. In April 2018 Daniel performed the Dutch premiere of John Woolrich’s “Ulysses Awakes” with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Equally at home as a violinist and violist, Daniel is invited to play chamber music concerts all across Europe and Israel. He has collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler, Antje Weithaas, Shmuel Ashkenzi, Tabea Zimmermann, and performed in festivals such as Prussia Cove, Musikdorf Ernen and Peasmarsh Music Festival.
Daniel enjoys sharing his passion for music-making with the next generation. He has led both instrumental and chamber music classes at the Amsterdam Conservatory and at the chamber music sessions of the Jerusalem Music Centre.Daniel plays on a James Tubbs bow generously gifted to him by the late Bud Beyer, a great and inspiring mentor.