American conductor Daniel Spaw is the Artistic Director and Chief
Conductor of the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmoniker. The versatile musician,
pianist, and Nashville native held the position of 1st Kapellmeister
and Associate Music Director at Theater Hof (2017-2020), and before
that was repetiteur and Kapellmeister at Landestheater Linz in Austria
(2012-2017). Despite his youth, he has conducted nearly 50 different
stage productions, both in front of the orchestra as well as pianist
of a jazz trio.
With the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the "young, highly talented" conductor
(OÖ Nachrichten) led the premiere of La Traviata under the direction
of US star-director Robert Wilson. This production received international
acclaim and was lauded by the feuilletons of the Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the Presse of Vienna. In Linz,
Spaw further led performances of Salome, Don Giovanni, Carmen, and Into
As Associate Music Director at the Theater Hof, Spaw conducted Spamalot!
in the directorial debut of German musical star Uwe Kröger, as well
as the premieres of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, Kálmán's The
Circus Princess and Händel's Alcina.
Beyond the theater stage, Spaw has developed a meaningful partnership
with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, where he was not only
able to work with the most talented young musicians in Germany but also
as assistant to Simon Rattle and Ingo Metzmacher. Spaw traveled on several
tours with the orchestra. In 2018, in one of the highlights of his career,
he received an invitation from the MIAGI Orchestra of South Africa to
lead their concert in Pretoria celebrating the 100th birthday of Nelson
Mandela. A short documentary was made featuring this concert, titled
An Unfinished Symphony, and was co-produced by National Geographic and
the Nobel Foundation.
Spaw has worked together with the Hofer Symphoniker, the Bruckner
Orchester Linz, the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra, the Bergische Symphoniker,
the Staatsphilharmonie Koblenz, the Russian Chamber Orchestra of St.
Petersburg and Concerto con Anima on period instruments.