Daniel Dodds

Leader & Artistic Director


The Australian-Swiss violinist, chamber musician and teacher Daniel Dodds and his family have made Lucerne their adoptive home. He has led the Lucerne Festival Strings since 2000 and additionally became its artistic director in 2012.

Like Gunars Larsens, his former teacher and predecessor as leader of the Lucerne Festival Strings, he teaches a violin class at the Lucerne College of Music.

He has performed in chamber groupings with Dmitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolja Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Viviane Hagner, James Galway, Jens Peter Maintz, Alois Posch, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld and many others.

In addition to his regular engagements as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra, he is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and forms part of the ensemble of soloists in the star-studded orchestra.

The press has been praising Dodds's musical flexibility and intuitive grasp of style ever since he assumed artistic direction of the Lucerne Festival Strings:

«What Daniel Dodds achieved from the first desk in the Dvorák was simply splendid and lent the piece exemplary melodic intensity, sensuous timbre and vigour.» Neue Luzerner Zeitung

«The performance of the 'Festival Strings Lucerne' under Daniel Dodds evinced high string culture, sensitive and subtle interpretation and homogeneous sound. Musical aesthetics at their best.» Schwarzwälder Bote

«The five movements appeared to light up from within of their own accord. Baroque rationality and Romantic emotionalism happily complemented each other: the 'Strings' proved to be nimble and adaptable.» Frankfurter Neue Presse

There are plans for concerts with the Lucerne Festival Strings at the Hong Kong Arts Festival among other venues, and for solo appearances with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stanley Dodds at the Philharmonie, with the Orchestra della Radiotelevisione della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, with the Giessen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Hofstetter and with the Australian World Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.

With his solo CD «Time Transcending» released by OEHMS CLASSICS, Daniel Dodds proves that he knows no limits on the violin.

Daniel Dodds plays the Stradivari «ex Hämmerle - ex Baumgartner» of 1717 kindly loaned by the Lucerne Festival Strings Foundation.