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Promoted Artist of the Forum Dirigieren des Deutschen Musikrats

Born in Colombia and educated in Vienna, Daniel Rueda Blanco enjoys exploring a wide range of repertoire, with a special interest in modern and contemporary music. During the Season 2022/23 Daniel was appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Aarhus Symfoniorkester (Denmark). Recently he made as well his debut with the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia). Future engagements include Opera debuts with the Staatstheater Mainz (Kaija Saariaho: Emilie), the Stadttheater Gießen (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), plus concerts with the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen and a return to Kammerorchester CON FUOCO.

Daniel is a recipient of several conducting accolades. In 2019, he received the Special Award of the George Enescu Philharmonic at the X International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. As well, he was winner of the Conducting Academies of the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra (2017) and of the Caldas Symphony Orchestra (2015). As a pianist, he was winner of the Soloist Competition of the Colombian National Conservatory (2014). Daniel was recipient of the Viktor-Bunzl Award (2018), the Prize of Honour (Würdigungspreis 2021) of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and the Scholarship of the Sobotka-Janeczek Foundation Vienna in 2018, granted to “first-class conductors and soloists”. Daniel was a recipient of the Grant for Music and Performing Arts "Startstipendium" of the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Arts, Public Service and Sport.

Photo Daniel Rueda - Credits Gabriel Riz

Between 2019 and 2022, Daniel served as Chief Conductor of the Musikverein St. Pölten -the oldest symphonic Musikverein in Austria-. Previously he was Chief Conductor of the Colombian National Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (2014-15) He has conducted different orchestras among the world: the Erzgebirgische Philharmonie Aue, the Neubrandemburger Philharmonie, the Webern Kammer-philharmonie, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta de Cámara Freixenet, Kammerorchester CON FUOCO, the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, the Symphony Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Beijing (China), the Ortenau Orchestra Offenburg (Germany) the String Orchestra of the Strasbourg Conservatory (France), the Strasbourg University Orchestra, the Solist Kammerorchester Wien, the ProArte Orchestra of Vienna, the Symphonic Windband of the Colombian National Conservatory, and the Collegium Musicum Orchestra of Bogotá. Further conducting experiences include the Wiener Symphoniker and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Daniel has collaborated as well with the conductors Giordano Bellincampi, Pierre Bleuse, Andrey Boreyko, Svetoslav Borisov, Andris Poga, Marc Soustrot and Leif Segerstam.


Developing a special affinity for modern and contemporary music, Daniel has conducted the MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, Ensemble PHACE and the New Music Ensemble of the Colombian National Conservatory. As Assistant Conductor, he has worked for the Carinthischer Sommer Festival in Austria in 2021 (Johannes Kalitzke: Jeanne d'Arc), and in 2022 for the Theater Magdeburg (Elena Langer: Figaro gets a Divorce). On 2024, Daniel is appointed as Assistant Conductor for the European Workshop for Contemporary Music in Warsaw. He has collaborated as well with the composers Elena Langer, Chris Shelton, José Guillermo Martínez and Mauricio Nasi, among others.

Daniel received in 2016 his Bachelor with Honors in Conducting from the Colombian National Conservatory, where he studied with Libardo Saavedra and Tetsuo Kagehira (Conducting), and Raúl Mesa (Piano). He holds a Magister Art. with Honors In Orchestral Conducting from the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied with Simeon Pironkoff (Conducting), Wladimir Kiradjiev (Opera Conducting), Andreas Henning (Vocal coaching) and Thomas Kreuzberger (Piano). He has also participated in Masterclasses in Piano with Blanca Uribe and Pilar Leyva, and in Conducting with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Marin Alsop, Guerassim Voronkov, Yu Feng, among others.

Daniel Rueda Blanco lives in Vienna. Currently he pursues a Masters Degree in Contemporary Arts Practice (Major in Musikvermittlung/Community Music) at the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since 2021 he has been appointed as Conducting Fellow of the Forum Dirigieren des Deutschen Musikrats, and he is currently represented by the Program Konzertförderung (formerly "Maestros von Morgen") of the Forum.

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