Daniel Rowland was born in London in 1972 and grew up in the Netherlands studying with Davina van Wely and Viktor Liberman at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, with Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He also worked with Herman Krebbers, Ruggiero Ricci and Ivry Gitlis. He won various national and international prizes, such as the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden and the prestigious Oskar Back competition at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Rowland made his concerto debut at the Concertgebouw in 1992, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and has since then returned there on numerous occasions.
Daniel has developed a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. As a soloist he has performed widely in venues like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, in a repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to the big romantic concertos to Lutoslawsky, Ferneyhough and Piazzolla. He leads the Brodsky Quartet, and the Breitner String Quartet, which in 2006 made its successful debut in Amsterdam, where it has its own concert series at the Beurs van Berlage Auditorium. Daniel is keenly interested in 20th and 21st century music and in addition to Radius, he leads the Ensemble Contrechamps and the Quatuor Contrechamps in Geneva, Switzerland.
In demand as an orchestra leader, he is frequently invited to guest-lead major London orchestras such as the Philharmonia and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors like Haitink, Muti, Pletnev, Dohnanyi, Ashkenazy, Dutoit and Gergiev. He is also increasingly invited to direct chamber orchestras, and he on several occasions directed the Gulbenkian Orchestra and orchestras in Glasgow, Catania and London. Daniel has given masterclasses in Holland, the UK, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. In 2005 he founded the Stift Music Festival at an idyllic spot in the eastern Netherlands.