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Daniel Göritz was born in 1965 in East-Berlin.
1986-91 classical guitar studies with Prof. Inge Wilczok at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, graduating with a first class diploma. 1991-93 Professional Performance Diploma and Master of Arts Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U.K. as a British Council Scholarship student of Gordon Crosskey and John Williams (visiting professor), guitar and David Gilbert, composition. 1994-96 Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music New York, assistant of David Starobin. In 1999 he came back to Berlin, where he now teaches as a professor for classical guitar at the renowned Hanns Eisler Academy of Music.
Winner of numerous prices and stipends, among them: the contemporary music price of the jury at the International Guitar Competition Kutna Hora 1988, first price winner of the Huddersfield International Composition Competition at Britains most important contemporary music festival 1994, winner of a City of Berlin Composition Price 1995, winner of the 24th Artists International Competition (New York) in 1996 with the Zephyrus Duo (resulting in their debut recital at New Yorks Carnegie Recital Hall in the 1997 Season), composition stipend at the Academy of Arts and Letters Berlin 2000-2002.
His activities are wide-spread between Classical and Contemporary Music, being active as a interpreter, composer and improviser.
Since 1994 collaboration with flutist Sarah Hornsby in the prizewinning Zephyrus Duo.
Since 1995 collaboration with Brazilian guitarist Daniel Wolff in a guitar duo. The duo works to extend the traditional guitar repertoire by their exciting new transcriptions of classical masterworks.
Since 2006 collaboration with mezzo soprano Bettina Bruns, since 2007 also extended to form the Trio Udite (+double bass).
An important focus lies on contemporary music and includes the usage of various kind of electric guitars (check out ensemble e-werk), electronics and free improvisation.
Being also active in the field of early music, he is the editor of SONATE DINTAVOLATURA DI LEUTO OPERA PRIMA- a collection of the lute works by Italian baroque composer Giovanni Zamboni, published by Peters Edition.
As an ensemble- and orchestra musician Daniel Göritz is also performing regularly with some of the most distinguished Orchestras and Ensembles under the direction of renowned conductors. His credits have included (among others):
Berlin Philharmonic (Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez), Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski), Ensemble Modern (Peter Rundel), Staatskapelle Berlin, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Crosstown Ensemble New York, Absolute Ensemble New York, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble United Berlin, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Quillo.