Maestro Daniel Myssyk
Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, Daniel Myssyk has been the Music Director of the Montreal-based Appassionata chamber orchestra since 2000.
In 2015, Myssyk made his debut in Guanajuato (Mexico) where he was immediately invited back, and also conducted the Michoacan State Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with the Richmond Symphony organization. He recently brought Appassionata on its first American tour, which included two concerts in Richmond. The orchestra also toured in Ontario in January of 2014.
Myssyk conducts repertoire from the classical, romantic, modern and contemporary periods with great attention to stylistically appropriate detail. He maintains a continuous engagement with opera in a variety of styles ranging from Mozart to Menotti. Sensitive to the music of our time, he has contributed to the creation of many contemporary North-American works, including the world-premiere of Anthony Brandt’s opera, “The Birth of Something” with Da Camera in Houston. Under his leadership, three recent VCU Opera productions of The Gondoliers (2015), The Old Maid and the Thief (2012), and Hansel & Gretel (2011) won top prizes at the National Opera Association competition.
His involvement toward the youth reflects a well-honed passion for music education. In addition to his work at VCU, he is a regular collaborator with the All-Virginia State Orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, among others.
Myssyk’s recordings have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2012, he completed the recording of “Sérénades tchèques” with works by Suk and Dvorak. The album was in nomination for best recording of the year at the “ADISQ” awards, Quebec’s equivalent of the Grammys and at the Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique. Jean-Yves Duperron of the Classical wrote: “Conductor Daniel Myssyk and the members of the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra ply their magic in this music, and shape each and every phrase, and infuse each and every note, with care and sincere expression. I’ve rarely heard these two works played with this much conviction.”
In 2010, his album “Idyla” (on Fidelio label), was nominated for an Opus Prize as best recording of the year. An album featuring American trumpet player and VCU colleague Rex Richardson playing Dana Wilson’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Strings” was released on Summit Records, earning rave reviews from the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A much anticipated album with works by Canadian composer François Dompierre will be released this fall on Atma label.
Daniel Myssyk studied conducting under the greatest masters, most notably David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Tomas Koutnik at the Orford Arts Center. In 2006, he completed a Masters Degree in Conducting under Larry Rachleff at Rice University and served as his assistant for two years with the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, two orchestras that bring together some of the finest music students from the United States and abroad.
Françoise Henry, bassoonist worked in the general management of the orchestra until 2013. As a manager, she worked for several years in the field of concert production. Dedicated to music education among young people, she held the bassoon and chamber music professor position and has introduced thousands of primary school children instruments and classical music with the youth program “Music, Maestro!” of the Appassionata chamber orchestra.