Born in Switzerland, Daniel Klajner studied conducting and composition in Vienna. He continued his studies with Gary Bertini in Salzburg, Moshe Atzmon in Assisi and Leonard Bernstein at the Tanglewood Festival and in Tel Aviv. He was assistant to Leonard Bernstein at the Vienna State Opera and to Claudio Abbado for concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival.
Daniel Klajner started his professional career as first conductor of the Orchestra in Biel/Switzerland and later became the GMD of the theatres in Stralsund and Hof in Germany. At this time he was also resident conductor of the opera houses in Dortmund and Bern.
Between 2000 and 2005, he was General Music Director at the theatre in Würzburg and the Würzburg Mozart Festival and General Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse as well as first guest conductor of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg from 2005 to 2012.
In recent seasons, he has appeared with the Essener Philharmoniker, Bochumer Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Philharmonisches Orchester Dortmund, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Philharmonic Orchestra Bergen, Orchester der Tonhalle Zurich, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, L'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, l’Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Radio Orchestra Lugano, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orquesta De Córdoba, Isareli Camerata Jerusalem, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra and Nagoya Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic.
A regular guest at the Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Aalto Theater in Essen, Oper Bremen, Opernhaus Dortmund and the Weimarer Nationaltheater, Daniel Klajner has conducted Ades’ The Tempest, Le Rossignol and Oedipus Rex, Elektra, Frühlings Erwachen, Richard III, Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Fledermaus at the Opéra National du Rhin, Die Tote Stadt with the Opéra de Nancy, Der Fliegende Holländer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Opéra Bastille, Don Giovanni in Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Don Carlo in Innsbruck, Parsifal in Staatstheater Darmstadt, Turandot, Mavra and Bluebeard`s Castle in Marseille and Cendrillon in Bern, Rolf Liebermann’s Medea and La Bohème at Opéra Bastille.
With the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, he has recorded Glanzberg’s Holocaust Lieder (Roman Trekel) and an aria disc with Maria-Riccarda Wesseling.
Daniel Klajner is a guest professor at the Vienna Conservatory.
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