Daniel Propper (DUO GRANAT)
was born in Stockholm in 1969 of a Swedish mother and a father of Viennese origin, Daniel Propper settled in Paris in 1994, where he now enjoys an international concert career.
At a very early age he began studying with the great Swedish pedagogue Gunnar Hallhagen and later worked with the legendary pianist Tatiana Nikolaieva, who encouraged him to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Salzburg Festival in 1990. After spending one year at the famous Juilliard School in New York, he obtained his soloist degree in 1993 from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He later completed his studies at the Paris Conservatory. His teachers in France included Bernard Ringeissen, Jacques Rouvier, Bruno Rigutto and Gérard Frémy.
Daniel Propper has won numerous awards and prizes including, in 1990, the biggest grant ever allocated by the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and First Prize at the Kil International Piano Competition in Sweden.
He has performed many concertos, notably Concerto No.3 by Rachmaninov with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Krivine and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the National Orchestra of France. In chamber music, he has played with the violinists Alexandre Brussilovsky, Anastasia Khitruk and Jack Liebeck, the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand and the pianist Noël Lee.
In recent years he has performed in Canada at Boris Brott’s Summer Festival, China (Piano aux Jacobins Festival held in Beijing’s Forbidden City), The United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi Festival), Kuwait, Sweden (Royal Palace Festival of Stockholm) and throughout France. After his acclaimed London debut in Wigmore Hall in January 2007, with the Goldberg Variations, he also performed as soloist in Oxford, Vienna and Budapest as well as at the Grieg Festival in Paris. He returned to the Wigmore Hall with a Schubert recital in 2008.
His recent recordings include three volumes of Grieg’s complete Lyric Pieces, Bach’s Goldberg Variations (on CD and DVD) and Jeremy Bentam’s Last American Dream. Among his ongoing projects are the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in concert and recitals with music by Grieg and other Scandinavian composers.