Born in Melbourne in 1981, Daniel de Borah began his musical education with his mother at the age of six. He went on to study at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire graduating with honours in 2004. His teachers have included Zsuzsa Eszto, Mira Jevtic and Nina Seryogina. In 2004, Daniel won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London , where he currently studies as a postgraduate with Tatyana Sarkissova. Earlier this year he was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in London .
Daniel has already performed widely in Australia , Europe and Russia including concerts at Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall & Opera Theatre), Canberra School of Music, the St Petersburg Small Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg State Cappella, Vilnius Academy of Music, Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and the Chagall Museum in Nice. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, among others.
During his studies, Daniel has won numerous national and international awards including 3 rd Prizes at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, the 2001 Tbilisi International Piano Competition and the 2000 Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam Competition in Poland. This summer he won the Croydon Concerto Competition, leading to appearances with the Croydon, Lambeth, Guildford and Epsom Symphony Orchestras. He has participated in masterclasses with John Lill, Gyorgy Nador, Boris Berman, Nikolai Demidenko, Stephen Hough, Alexander Satz and many others.
Future engagements include debut concerts at the Purcell Room (26 September), Wigmore Hall (7 March), Fairfield Halls (18 April) and Bridgewater Hall. In May he returns to Australia to give a series of recitals and concerto performances.
Daniel is grateful for support from Arts Musica Australis, the Countess of Munster Trust, Myra Hess Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Tait Memorial Trust. As there is another pianist active in London named Daniel Hill, he has recently assumed his mother's family name de Borah .
“I was immediately impressed by his pianism, his musicianship and his ability to draw the listener into his musical world.” Stephen Hough
“On Friday 21st April, the talented young Australian pianist Daniel de Borah performed at Farnham Castle and gave his audience an evening of great pleasure and excitement. His opening pieces were Bach organ works adapted to piano. Deprived of an organ's extra manuals and pedal board, and playing an instrument that delivers a totally different acoustic profile, it was astonishing to hear such pieces being rendered so effectively, with the different voices coming through clearly across the whole compass of the instrument. …
The second half of the concert comprised a performance of Kreisleriana by Robert Schumann, a piece in eight movements, describing the eccentric moods of a fictional, half-mad musician. The tempo and tone of the piece varies rapidly from moment to moment reflecting the mercurial behaviour of the musician. Daniel de Borah performed this work with great passion and virtuosity.
The audience went home feeling that this pianist is someone to watch out for as his skilled and expressive playing combine well with great confidence. Still in his early twenties, he has much great music to deliver over coming years.” – Tilford Bach Society
“…with Daniel de Borah, a concert pianist and utter all around genius as far as I can see.” - Adam Goodman
“Daniel precisely located both the lyrical introspection and sardonic mood of Prokofiev's G minor concerto. (...) Audiences can hope to hear lots more of this thoughtful and intelligent pianist”.
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney International Piano Competition - July 2004