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Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser

Conductor

Biography

A passionate communicator, Canadian conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. He is an innovative, creative visionary who believes that the beauty of music can heal and unite all of us beyond differences.

Bartholomew-Poyser serves as resident conductor of engagement and education at the San Francisco Symphony, Barrett principal education conductor and community ambassador of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal youth conductor and creative partner with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is also the artist-in-residence and community ambassador of Symphony Nova Scotia, where he conducts ballet and pops performances with national and international artists and designs diverse and relevant family and outreach shows for the Halifax community. He is the host of the weekly national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show Centre Stage with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser.

He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco, Detroit, Houston, National, Baltimore, and Charlotte symphony orchestras in the United States and, in Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Regina symphony orchestras. He was a guest conductor with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in 2020. In April 2022 he made his debut with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Orchestra, conducting the world premiere of Indian-American composer Reena Esmail’s Ram Tori Maya and American vocalist and composer Nathalie Joachim’s arrangement of We Shall Not Be Moved.

Bartholomew-Poyser was featured in director Sharon Lewis’s 2019 CBC documentary Disruptor Conductor, which follows Bartholomew-Poyser, along with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Thorgy Thor, as they collaboratively created Thorgy and the Thorchestra, the first orchestral drag queen show in Canada. The award-winning documentary focuses on Bartholomew-Poyser’s concerts for the neurodiverse, prison, African diaspora, and LGBTQ2S+ populations.

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser holds a bachelor of music in performance and education from the University of Calgary, and a master of philosophy in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He is a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Jean-Marie Beaudet Prize for Orchestral Conducting, RBC Royal Bank Emerging Artist Grant, and Canada Council for the Arts Jean Baudet Prize for Orchestral Conducting. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

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