VIOLINIST Daniel Rowland describes himself as a musical omnivore – he loves performing as a soloist, in recitals and festivals, with composers and Britain’s Brodsky Quartet.
“Chamber music is one of the most satisfying and rich forms of music-making, and within that world the string quartet holds a special position,” Rowland said.
“So many great composers expressed their most intimate and touching thoughts through this medium.
“I’m fortunate to be able to pursue a varied and exciting musical life.”
Born in London, Rowland is the son of British composer and conductor David Rowland.
His mother was from the Netherlands and his parents decided when Rowland was three years old to move from the UK to the Dutch countryside.
Now based in Amsterdam, Rowland was invited to join the highly regarded Brodsky Quartet in 2007, replacing Andrew Haveron as first violin.
Founded in 1972, it was the quartet’s reputation for working with artists including Elvis Costello, Bjork, Sting and Paul McCartney that led Australian singer songwriter Katie Noonan to approach the four musicians to collaborate on album With Love and Fury.
The new release was recorded in London in January and re-imagines the words of Australian poet Judith Wright, with compositions by Australian composers including Carl Vine, Richard Tognetti and Iain Grandage.
“Katie really is a star,” Rowland said.
“She is the most positive, brilliant, easy to work with, lovely person and a really fantastic artist, with a knock-out voice.
“The new compositions are brilliant; very diverse, with a huge range of emotions.”
Noonan and Brodsky Quartet will perform songs from With Love and Fury at Perth Concert Hall on May 5.
Rowland said audiences could expect a fun, colourful and profound show.
“Judith Wright must have been quite someone,” he said.
“The poetry is so honest and unique. It’s a privilege to be associated with it.”
What: With Love and Fury
Where: Perth Concert Hall
When: May 5