Daniel Canosa, Music Director
One of the best conductors of his generation, Argentine-born Daniel Canosa has led orchestras in Argentina, the United States, and Europe with performances of symphonic and choral masterworks from all periods. Currently living in California, he is the music director and conductor of Echo Chamber Orchestra, artistic director and conductor of the Apollo Symphony Orchestra, the music director of Marin Baroque, and Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo.
Mr. Canosa was educated in orchestral conducting and composition at the Argentine Catholic University and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. He studied Baroque repertoire under Argentine maestro Sergio Siminovich in Buenos Aires and under conductor Nicholas McGegan in Berkeley, California. While extending his professional career in Europe, Mr. Canosa was mentored by the legendary Sergiu Celibidache, music director of the Munich Philharmonic, focusing on the Classical and Romantic repertoires.
The newly formed ECHO Chamber orchestra has inspired praise from audience and press alike: the San Francisco Classical Voice said about their debut concert: “the experience was special—not only was the music beautiful, but it also felt incredibly personal.” (Lily O’Brian).
Under his leadership from 2009 to 2012, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony rose to an important regional status within a short period of time, attracting an enthusiastic following. A review by the San Francisco Classical Voice entitled “Orchestra of Promise” said about their performance of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini: “the orchestra… displayed such sincerity and understanding”… “[Its] earnestness in music-making is truly a breath of fresh air in the classical music scene” (Rebecca Liao)
Mr. Canosa has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras in California and abroad, including engagements with the Auburn Symphony, Veridian Symphony, and Camilla Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, his all-Beethoven program with the Auburn Symphony received recognition: “Pluck is what it takes to tackle Beethoven… Canosa’s careful conducting shepherded the orchestra in the right directions… [and] proved commanding [in] Symphony No. 7, landing its attacks, severe cutoffs, and varied dynamics like a gymnast in fine form.” (Patricia Beach Smith, Sacramento Bee.)
In 1996 Mr. Canosa deepened his involvement with period-instrument ensembles as Music Director of the Nieuw Amsterdam Barokorkest en Koor, touring extensively in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In California, he founded 1998 the well-received Apollo Baroque Orchestra, a first for the Sierra Foothills, and in Sacramento, the Camerata California, a professional-level chamber choir and orchestra.
Daniel Canosa has coached and directed a number of choruses as well, such as the highly praised Conjunto Vocal Egmont of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the award-winning women’s choir D’Avanti in The Netherlands and the San Francisco Bach Choir in California. In 2010 while on tour in Hungary, he lead the Monteverdi Choir of Budapest and the Veszprem City Choir in performances of Kodaly Missa Brevis to sold out audiences.