Daniel Migdal – winner 2010

Daniel Migdal – winner 2010

Daniel Migdal (born in 1986) has established himself as one of the most promising young violinists in Sweden.

At the age of seven he made his debut on Swedish TV when he performed Paganini’s Sonata in A major on the “Café Norrköping” programme.

He has performed as a soloist with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Stockholm Royal College of Music’s string orchestra, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra and the Eskilstuna Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel is an in-demand chamber musician. Among other things, he gave the maiden performance of Anders Nilsson’s second string quartet at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music’s festival, and he has toured as a chamber musician and soloist in Sweden, Estonia, France, the UK, Poland and China. In Warsaw, Daniel performed Pablo Sarasate’s “Caprice Basque,” which was broadcast on television across Europe.

Daniel has taken part in chamber music festivals such as Chamber Music in Allhelgonakyrkan Church, Stockholm, the Lyckå Chamber Music Festival, the Vamlingbo Chamber Music Festival and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival.

Prize citation

Daniel Migdal has established himself as one of the most promising young violinists in Sweden. Daniel is a sought after chamber musician and has been touring as chamber musician and soloist in Sweden, Estonia, France, England, Poland and China.

Daniel Migdal - vinnare 2010
Violin från 1756 - inköpsår 2010

This year’s prize is a violin made by Januarius (Gennaro) Gagliano in 1756. The prize winner will have the use of it for a number of years.

Cremona, Brescia, Milan, Venice… the names of the cities of northern Italy have, of course, a particularly magical ring for violinists and other connoisseurs of history’s finest stringed instruments. But since the early 18th century there has also been a strong tradition of making outstanding stringed instrument a little further south in Italy. This is associated particularly with the Gagliano family. The least-known member of the family is probably the founder, Alessandro. After having worked for the masters Amati and Stradivari in Cremona, he brought his expertise back to his home city of Naples. Alessandro’s second son Januarius (in Italian: Gennaro) was active from about 1740 to 1780, and fewer of his instruments have survived. Those that do exist, however, are real connoisseurs’ instruments. They are normally have reddish orange- or reddish brown-coloured varnish, setting them apart from the lighter golden-yellow colour that became common among the Gagliano family’s violins in the later 18th century.