One of the few orchestral principals of international standing who plays on a modern wooden flute, Daniel Pailthorpe has gained a world-wide following for the uniqueness and breadth of his sound as well as the warmth of his musicianship.
As co-principal flautist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Daniel is regularly heard on BBC Radio 3 and at the Proms. He has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra, toured with them to Australia and the Far East, and worked with conductors such as Byschkov, Slatkin, Belohlavek and Gergiev. He features prominently on the BBCTV ‘Symphony’ series and is a familiar face on the Last Night of the Proms.
Singing featured prominently in Daniel’s musical training: he began as a choirboy aged six, was a finalist in the UK Chorister of the Year competition, and went on to become a Choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. After a year of postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, Daniel was the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Centre, USA. His flute studies took him to Paris and America and his teachers include William Bennett, Derek Honner, Gaston Crunelle, Thomas Nyfenger and Geoffrey Gilbert.
A renowned chamber musician and soloist, Daniel has partnered such artists as Felicity Lott, William Bennett, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pierre Boulez and Renee Fleming. Together with his wife Emily Pailthorpe and the pianist Julian Milford, he founded the London Conchord Ensemble. Described on BBC Radio 3 as’ having made a huge impact on the UK chamber music scene over the past 10 years’. His recordings with Conchord, ranging from Poulenc to Bach and George Crumb, have enjoyed many accolades, among them Sunday Telegraph’s CD of the week and Classic FM’s CD of the month. He is a Professor at the Royal College of Music.