Daniel Bhattacharya, Principal Second Violin


Daniel studied as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada). His violin teachers have included Yossi Zivoni, Yfrah Neaman and Lorand Fenyves. He studied chamber music with Leon Fleisher, Jamie Laredo and Nick Roth. Previously a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daniel enjoys a career performing and teaching throughout the world.

Daniel has worked with many ensembles performing in principal positions in orchestras such as: BBC Scottish Symphony, English National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniel is currently Principal Second Violin of the London Concert Orchestra and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, and leads ensembles such as the London Concertante and the London Gala Orchestra. In addition Daniel has worked with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Ensemble and Glydebourne Festival and Touring Opera.

Daniel has performed on many film soundtracks, such as the Lord of the Rings, Ronin, Blue Planet and Ladies in Lavender. In 2008 Daniel was asked to lead the new musical Marguerite, at the Haymarket Theatre, London.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Daniel has performed at the Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). Festivals include Brighton, Lichfield, Aix-en-Provence and Cheltenham. Recent solo performances have taken him to Spain, Canada, USA, France and India. He has made broadcasts for BBC radio, Canada and Russian radio and TV.

Daniel regularly collaborates with the composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede. This has resulted in many performances and recordings, the last of which, Nomad, was released in 2007.

Daniel is also an enthusiastic teacher and coach. Formerly Head of Strings at Stowe School he is now violin tutor at Lancing College and Peter Symonds College, Winchester. Daniel works with many Youth Orchestras nationally and internationally and regularly coaches at the Royal College of Music.

In 2002 he was invited to judge the Sri Lanka Music Competition in Colombo. In 2008 Daniel was asked to adjudicate the prestigious Violin Competition at the Royal College of Music, London. Daniel has also been on the panel for the ARCM diplomas at the Royal College of Music. He is passionate about education and has led masterclasses around the world. In 2010 Daniel was in Bangkok as part of the Annual Festival of Music and Dance. 2011 took him to Ghana for workshops and performances with the Ghanaian National Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel is co-founder and artistic director of the Alfriston Summer Music Festival in Sussex, which regularly features artists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Lei-Wei and Karine Georgian.

Daniel lives in Brighton and has been playing with the Brighton Philharmonic for 20 years. He has been a member of the Board of the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society since 2013.