Ariadne Daskalakis is critically acclaimed for her expressive sound and her stylistic versatility. At home on the international stage, she has performed in venues ranging from Boston’s Jordan Hall and Gardner Museum and New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall to the Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, the Rudolfinum Prague, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, the Munich Herkules Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie and the Athens Megaron. In recent seasons she appearanced with Concerto Köln, the Dortmund Philharmonic and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and gave repeat performances with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the New Rhine Chamber Orchestra. She has further appeared as soloist with the Munich BR Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Athens National State Orchestra and the Cologne Sinfonietta. In the dual role of leader and soloist Ariadne Daskalakis has collaborated with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble Oriol Berlin.
A specialist in performance practice ranging from baroque to modern, she was hailed by German MDR Radio as a “universal specialist” for her recording of Vivaldi Concerti with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the label Tacet. Benjamin Dunham of Early Music America wrote of her Biber Sonatas: “With this release, Daskalakis propels herself into the front rank of historical violinists.”
Ariadne Daskalakis won prizes at the International ARD-Munich Competition, the St. Louis Symphony Strings Competition and from the Mozart Society Dortmund, the Harvard Music Association and Framingham State University, which awarded her the first Christa McAuliffe Medal. An avid chamber musician, she led the Manon Quartet Berlin for 10 years. She performs regularly as recitalist or, on baroque violin, with her Ensemble Vintage Köln, with which she recorded the complete Rosary Sonatas by Biber for the label BIS and Bach’s “Musical Offering” for Tacet/Eigenart. Most recently she has released the complete violin works by Franz Schubert, together with Paolo Giacometti on fortepiano and with the Kölner Akademie under Michael Alexander Willens for the concerto pieces.
Numerous further recordings document the unusually broad spectrum of her repertoire and the rich depth of her musical experiences. These include the Complete Violin Sonatas by Handel, Fauré and Raff, Violin Concerti by Tartini and 20th century works by Lutoslawski, Janacek and Szymanowski (on the labels Naxos, Carpe Diem and Tudor). Her Handel and Tartini recordings were both Selections of the Month in the The Strad magazine. Recent recordings with period instruments present sonatas by Ferdinand Ries and violin concerti by Jan Kalliwoda on the label cpo.
She is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne and has taught as guest at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and various other international institutions and festivals. She has served on the juries of the ARD International Music Competition, the Isang Yun Competition and the Cologne International Music Competition (as Jury Chair).
In 2012 Ariadne Daskalakis founded “Music from Land’s End,” an international summer chamber music festival in Wareham, Massachusetts. In 2015 she has been named Artistic Director of the European Academy for Music and Art Palazzo Ricci Montepulciano. She is based in Cologne and plays a violins by G.B. Guadagnini, Peter Wamsley and Marc De Sterke.