Daniel Bard was awarded a scholarship by Zefunot Culture in 2012.
Israeli-Canadian violinist Daniel Bard performs regularly as a violinist and violist throughout Israel, Europe, and North America. He began his musical studies in Haifa with Avigdor Zamir and after moving to Toronto at age thirteen, continued them with David Zafer, Lorand Fenyves, Peter Oundjian, and David Takeno.
Bard discovered his passion for chamber music during the six years he spent as a member of Canada’s Metro String Quartet, which collaborated with artists such as Menahem Pressler and Gilbert Kalish. He is a founding member of Trio Mondrian, which won first prize as well as a special prize for their interpretation of Brahms at the 2007 International Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy. The trio has since appeared at prestigious venues and festivals across Europe and Israel, winning the Audience Prize at the 2008 Bologna Festival, as well as a Fellowship from the BBT Trust in 2009.
Bard has been a principal player in Sweden’s Camerata Nordica since 2003. He is also a member of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Seiler Strings in Toronto. At the invitation of Tabea Zimmermann he has lead the Camerata Bern on several occasions, and since 2009 is the principal violist of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Since his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bard has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Nordica, the Tel Aviv Soloists, and the Strathfield Symphony in Australia. He has also participated in festivals such as Prussia Cove, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Graz’s Styriarte Festival.
Bard plays a 1686 Giovanni Grancino violin generously on loan to him from Yehuda Zisapel.