Lutoslawski International Conducting Competition

Wed 25 May 2011

A dynamic, extremely bright conductor, making music with enthusiasm and excitement.

“A dynamic, extremely bright conductor, making music with enthusiasm and excitement. He enlivened the orchestra from the very first bars of the symphony (in C major KV 550 "Jupiter" by Mozart). During the rehearsal realizing that it needed no detailed comments at the start, he alone, Daniel Smith, trusted and devoted himself to sculpt using only his hands, the character of the music, bringing it many shades of emotion. Extremely musical, he gave many feelings of freshness to seemingly obvious sections. Sensitive to the dynamics of each line, by just conducting, he was present throughout the whole orchestra, listening to and appreciating the music and of the member of each section individually. "Oberon" Karl Maria Weber - he led "equipped" with his baton, strongly emphasizing the dark bass register and the melody of every instrument, including those usually hidden, continuing the line. The orchestra listened very attentively to him and he also convinced the orchestra to listen to one another, "softer - first violins" (his left hand showing), "see" (he turned his head for a moment with a smile, pointing toward the woodwind group), "see how beautifully the clarinet plays now."