Daniel Sepec

Violin · concertmaster

Daniel Sepec studied in his native city of Frankfurt with Dieter Vorholz and in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz. He also attended masterclasses with Sándor Végh and the Alban Berg Quartet. He received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation and the Alban Berg Foundation, Vienna. Since 1993, Daniel Sepec has been concertmaster with The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, with which he also appears regularly as a soloist. He has recorded two CDs with the orchestra featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s ›Four Seasons‹, on which he also directed himself. He has also appeared several times as guest concertmaster with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (including a tour with Claudio Abbado), Camerata Academica Salzburg and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin. As a soloist he has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood, the Vienna Academy of Music under Martin Haselböck and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées under Philippe Herreweghe.

Attracted by the rich expressive variety of Baroque music, Daniel Sepec devotes an increasing amount of time to the Baroque violin. Hence he frequently appears as concertmaster with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, which plays on original instruments. His CD recording of H. I. F. Biber’s Rosary Sonatas received the German Record Critics’ Award. Daniel Sepec is the only musician to date to have recorded a CD on a rediscovered violin formerly belonging to Ludwig van Beethoven together with pianist Andreas Staier.

As a member of the Arcanto Quartet, he has made recordings of the Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók and Dutilleux string quartets, as well as Schubert’s String Quartet.

From September 2010 until July 2014, he was professor at the School of Music in Basle. In 2014, he was offered a professorship at Lübeck University of Music.

In his spare time he occupies himself with the unfulfillable dream of electric guitar and violins with blue arcs.