Duo Rowland Bodanovic
Dutch–English violinist Daniel Rowland and Serbian–French cellist Maja Bogdanovic join forces in this exceptional musical partnership. Since forming their duo in 2018, they have performed at major festivals all over Europe, in the USA and South America garnering great acclaim for their passionate, tender and adventurous performances, colourful and innovative programming and last but not least, a wonderful sense of complicity and communication. Regular guests on Dutch radio & television, the duo passionately believe in expanding the still all to small repertoire for this rich combination of violin and cello. Their recent CD release for Challenge Records includes world premiere recordings of works by Penderecki, Sollima, Vasks and Nisinman and was greeting with rapturous reviews, American Record Review calling it ‘Extraordinary – remarkable and treasurable, entirely beautiful’, while leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad described it ‘a magical meeting of cello and violin’.
Daniel Rowland has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from baroque to contemporary. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town and has worked with leading conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, Francois Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Rossen Milanov and Andrey Boreiko. A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Gilles Apap, Anna Fedorova, Alexander Lonquich, Nino Gvetadze, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Lars Vogt, Alberto Mesirca, Willard White and Elvis Costello. In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands.The festival has garnered acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere. Daniel was for twelve years the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakovitch Cycle. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London.
Following her stunning recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall The Strad hailed Maja Bogdanovic for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty and great maturity of interpretation.” Since then, she has taken her place among today’s foremost cellists. Concerto engagements have included the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Tokyo Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Maja Bogdanovic is a frequent guest at leading chamber music festivals and world’s leading venues performing with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin, Nino Gvetadze, Nemanja Radulovic and Marianna Schiriniyan. Maja has produced several internationally released CDs for labels “Lyrinx” and “Nimbus” and her recital disc ‘Eastern wind’ (Orchid Classics), with pianist Maria Belooussova. Within her wide repertoire, Maja Bogdanovic devotes a special place to contemporary music. She has premiered works of Nicolas Bacri, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Sawyers, Isidora Žebeljan, among others. Her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began with the Belgrade Philharmonic in 2008, and with the Slovenian Philharmonic in Ljubljana, where she performed his Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of the composer, which was later under the guidance of Maestro Penderecki, for the DUX Label. Laureate of numerous international competitions, Ms. Bogdanovic studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss; while there, she also studied chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Jens Peter Maintz, as well as Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, and Heinrich Schiff.