Daniela Candillari is a sought-after conductor, pianist and composer having worked with preeminent artists throughout Europe and the United States. A native of Slovenia, she served the Slovenian National Opera as Assistant Conductor, Chorus Master, and Principal Coach for over twenty productions. Ms. Candillari has served as Assistant Conductor for the European Opera Centre in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, and most recently performed a selection from her new piece, Through the Looking-Glass, at TED Summit in Banff, Canada. As a collaborative pianist, she performed at Carnegie Hall with Julian Wachner and Novus NY and has worked with artists including Bryn Terfel, Dame Felicity Lott, Håkan Hagegård, Carol Vaness, Martina Arroyo, Roger Vignoles, Dominic Argento, William Bolcom, and Vasiliy Petrenko. Ms. Candillari is also the founder and Artistic Director of Gravity Shift, a New York based chamber orchestra, and has recorded for National Public Radio, Austrian Radio Broadcast Television, Slovenian National Radio and TV, and Serbian National TV. Her compositions have been performed by musicians of Boston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and New York City Ballet.
During the 2016-17 season Ms. Candillari returns to New York’s prestigious Manhattan School of Music as Assistant & Cover Conductor to George Manahan to Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron. She serves as a music director for Extraordinary Measures, a play by Eve Ensler, and is cover conductor to Julian Wachner on his new opera, Rev. 23, during the Prototype Festival. Additionally she premieres three new compositions: Through the Looking-Glass - preludes for piano, Atonement for percussion, bass trombone and piano, and Sonnet IX for Lincoln Center Trombone Ensemble. In Spring 2017 she will be in residence at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of a commissioning project with poet, Tanya Holtland. She joins Fine Acts and French-Tunisian Street Artist eL Seed in a set of collaborations, and is working with visual artist Joey Foster Ellis on two separate projects. During the Summer 2017 she joins the music staff at The Chautauqua Opera as Assistant Conductor to Steven Osgood.
Ms. Candillari’s 2015-16 season included conducting the world premiere of Stefania de Kenessey’s opera Bonfire of the Vanities at Museo del Barrio in New York City and leading a performance of Hannah Lash’s Beowulf at OPERA America’s New Opera Showcase with members of Novus NY. Additional activities include leading a workshop of Rachel Peters’ and Royce Vavrek’s opera Wild Beast of the Bungalow for the Center for Contemporary Opera and serving as the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Opera Department at Manhattan School of Music. On the concert stage, she led New York’s Millennium Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium. In the spring, Ms. Candillari premiered a new composition, Extremely Close, for bass trombone and piano at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Other previous engagements include concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and serving as Assistant Conductor/Coach at Brevard Music Center, at International Vocal Arts Institute, and at Lidal North, located in Oslo, Norway. From 2007 – 2009 she served on the opera faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she worked on productions including Massenet’s Cendrillon, Bolcom’s A Wedding, Floyd’s Susannah, Les contes d’Hoffmann, La traviata, L’amour des trois oranges, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Additional duties included serving as Music Director for IU’s Opera Workshop program.
Equally at home in other genres, Ms. Candillari served as Music Director of The Act at 54 Below in Manhattan and has performed with JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band throughout the United States. Currently, she is working on a project of Serbian Folk Songs with acclaimed jazz singer Alma Mićić.
Ms. Candillari is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a TED Fellowship. She is the first musician from Slovenia to win a Fulbright Scholarship and holds a Doctorate in Musicology from the Universität für Musik in Vienna, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music and a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Universität für Musik in Graz.