Daniela Candillari, from Novi Sad, Serbia, is a sought after repetiteur, conductor and composer. In the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Candillari premieres three of her compositions; a song cycle In Time of War (poetry by W.H. Auden) with mezzo-soprano Samantha Malk, Fanfare commissioned for the Third Coast Trombone retreat and her realization of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with Gravity Shift. She will conduct, play and record with Fernando Otero and Alex Hummingson in the UK. She is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the New York based Chamber Orchestra Gravity Shift, who recently performed a staged version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Crypt in Harlem.
As a repetiteur, she has collaborated with Bryn Terfel, Dame Felicity Lott, Carol Vaness, Martina Arroyo, Roger Vignoles, Dominic Argento, William Bolcom, Joan Dornemann, Denise Massé, Håkan Hagegård, Anton Nanut, Marko Letonja and Vasily Petrenko. In the 2013 - 2014 season, Ms. Candillari served as pianist and assistant conductor for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, and assistant music director for concerts with the European Opera Center.
Ms. Candillari is the recipient of 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 und darstellende in Kunst, Wien, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz and a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz.