Conductor Daniel Myssyk is founder and artistic director of the Orchestre de chambre Appassionata. He is also Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He and Appassionata have accompanied internationally renowned soloists including guitarist Bill Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, pianist Richard Raymond and cellist Yegor Dyachkov. Sensitive to the music of our times, he has contributed to the creation of many contemporary North-American works.
A recipient of scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Orford Arts Centre and the John E. Guida Foundation, Daniel Myssyk studied conducting under the greatest masters, most notably David Zinman and Tomas Koutnik. In 2006, he completed a second Master’s Degree, this time in conducting, at the prestigious Rice University. There he studied under renowned conductor Larry Rachleff and served as the conductor’s assistant for two years (Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, two orchestras that bring together some of the best music students from the United States and abroad).
In February 2006, Myssyk took over the musical direction of American composer Anthony Brandt’s chamber opera, The Birth of Something, for Da Camera of Houston. The following year, he returned to Houston as guest conductor of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He made his debut at the Round Top International Festival (Texas) in June 2007 and ended the summer season as associate conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. During the 2007-2008 season, he was a guest of Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Festival international de Lanaudière. Recent engagements have given him the opportunity to make his debut with the All-Virginia State Symphony and the Richmond Symphony. His first recordings received critical acclaim and in 2010, his CD, Idyla (Fidelio), was nominated for an Opus Prize as best recording of the year. His latest recording, made with American trumpet player Rex Richardson, was released by Summit Records. Following his first American tour with Appassionata in January 2012, which included two concerts in Richmond, Myssyk completed the recording of serenades for strings by Suk and Dvorak. He made his first appearance with the Orchestre Métropolitain in February 2012.