“Viennese by his father, Swede by his mother and adopted French”, these are the all European prints of Daniel Propper, pianist born in Stockholm and settled in France since 1994.
Very young, he is the pupil of the great Swedish pedagogue Gunnar Hallhagen whose teacher, Lennart Lundberg, was the pupil of Camille Dubois, faithful depositary of the tradition of Chopin. He was later encouraged by the Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva who had him play at the Salzburg Festival in 1990. He won a number of awards and prizes including, in 1990, the largest scholarship ever awarded by the Royal Academy of Music of Sweden and the first prize of the Kil International Competition in Sweden.
After a year of study at the famous Juilliard School in New York, at Martin Canin, he received, in 1993, the soloist diploma of the Stockholm Conservatory in the class of Laszlo Simon. In France, he receives the advice of Bernard Ringeissen before being admitted to the advanced training cycle of the Conservatoire de Paris where he is a pupil of Jaques Rouvier and Gérard Frémy.
As a concert performer, Daniel Propper is invited to Beijing, to the Forbidden City, under the auspices of the Piano aux Jacobins Festival, the Boris Brott Festival, Canada, at Wigmore Hall in London where he gives the Goldberg Variations (2007) and the last three sonatas of Schubert (2008). He is organizing a Grieg Festival at Salle Cortot in Paris (2007) and Les Musicales de Dourdan in 2010 and 2011.
He performs with violinist Alexandre Brussilovsky and Anton Martynov, cellist Mark Drobinsky and Emmanuelle Bertrand and pianist Noël Lee. He participates in tours in Poland, with pianist Tamara Granat, whose duo publishes two CDs: French music (2009) and Malaguena, dedicated to the repertoire for two pianos (2011). Fascinated by singing, he has many collaborations around the voice and the melody.
He teaches piano at the Dourdan Conservatory, gives masterclasses (Conservatory of Peking, Châteauneuf-le-Rouge, Bourcarut Castle, Conservatory of Dourdan and Sweden) and is a member of jury of piano competitions (International Competition of Ile de France in Maisons-Laffitte, Concours d’Arcachon, concerto competition in Lourmarin, Conservatoire de Puteaux).
Daniel Propper performed many concertos, including Rachmaninoff’s third with the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine, Chopin’s first with the Malmö orchestra and Yutoka Sado, Beethoven’s fourth concerto with Orquestra Nacional do Porto and Rhapsody in Blue from Gershwin with the National Orchestra of Ile de France.
He has given, in nine recitals, the complete of 32 sonatas of Beethoven. This cycle was crowned in 2012, when he played Beethoven’s fifth concerto “The Emperor”, with the Massy Opera Orchestra under the direction of Dominique Rouits.
Spokesperson, for years, of the music of Antonio Santana, Brazilian composer installed in France, he creates works for solo piano, in addition to those with violin, cello or voice.
The last concerts in Paris took him to Salle Cortot in October 2013 and Salle Adyar in January 2014.
Among his many recordings, the Goldberg Variations (CD and DVD) and the complete Lyric Pieces by Grieg (3 CDs) were particularly noted. Daniel Propper received, with Olivier Feignier, the 2012 Prix of the Fondation Napoléon, for the Echo des battles, “musical and historical work”, a double CD published by Forgotten Records with the support of the French Romantic Music Center – Palazzetto Bru Zane.