‘The greatest thing about music is the joy of sharing’: Winnipeg orchestra’s new music director
Daniel Raiskin may be new to Winnipeg, but he’s certainly no stranger to the city.
Raiskin started the 2018-19 season as the new music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He was a guest conductor with the orchestra three times prior to his appointment.
Raiskin replaces long-time music director Alexander Mickelthwate, who left the WSO at the end of the 2017-18 season to lead the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Raiskin was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia where he began his studies in music.
“My father is a very well known musicologist,” Raiskin said.
“Music was maybe the first thing I heard in our cramped apartment in St. Petersburg.”
He began playing violin at the age of six, and took up viola before studying conducting. Eventually, Raiskin moved to Amsterdam to pursue his studies.
“I worked through the ranks of orchestra musicians into being a recognized soloist and a conductor. The travels came with that,” Raiskin said.
“The greatest thing about music is the joy of sharing,” Raiskin said.
“So when I came to Winnipeg, what struck me was the organic easiness with which I could communicate my ideas and share my views with musicians who are very receptive and very curious.”
Before making the switch to the WSO, Raiskin was a principal guest conductor with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in Spain and the Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra in Serbia. He’s also led both the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Germany and the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland as Chief Conductor.
For the full 2018-19 schedule, visit the WSO website here.
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