Daisy Jopling is a British classical/rock violinist currently residing in New York. She tours the world with her own band, and also runs a music mentorship foundation. She plays an Antonio Gragnani violin, made in Livorno, Italy in 1778 and a Yamaha electric violin. Jopling premiered her own original show "Awakening" on 27 August 2017 at Lincoln Center, NY. She releases her latest album "Who's Who", original violin arrangements of great songs by The Who, on 10 September 2019, produced by Tea 4 2 Productions.
Early life and education
Daisy Jopling was born on 19 February 1969 in London. She began playing the violin at age 3 and at age 14 she performed Bach's Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Jopling studied the violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Boris Kuschnir at the Konservatorium Wien, Austria. At age 19, Jopling studied Hungarian folk violin in Gymes, Transylvania. Five years later, Jopling travelled to Ghana alone to study Kpanlogo drumming at the Mustapha Tettey Addy drumming school. Jopling moved from London to Vienna in 1994 and to New York in 2006.
For 13 years, Jopling toured with the creative string trio, Triology. Triology recorded four studio albums, two of them with BMG RCA Victor. Triology released "Triology plays Ennio Morricone" on 10 November 1998; and "Who Killed the Viola Player" on 11 May 2000. On Extraplatte Records, Triology released their third album, "Around the World in 77 Minutes". Their last studio album was recorded with Jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel on Material Records in 2003. Triology toured the world, performing in over 23 countries. The group has written the film music for three Georg Riha films, Schönbrunn, Die Wachau and Salzburg, and arranged and recorded Hans Zimmer's score in Hollywood for The Road to El Dorado and Spanglish.
Jopling has collaborated with some of the world's top artists. With Triology, she shared a stage with Bobby McFerrin at the Centro Historico Festival in Mexico City, performed alongside solo violinists Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen, and toured with jazz musician and producer, Wolfgang Muthspiel. With Ensemble Modern in Germany, Jopling collaborated with Shubha Mudgal, and with Kristjan Järvi's "Absolute Orchestra" she collaborated with Joe Zawinul. In 2005, Jopling performed before an audience of 30,000 people at the opening of the Vienna Festival in Austria with Cuban singer, Omara Portuondo. In May 2008 she was featured in the Russian Songbird Boris Grebenshchikov's concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In 2000, Jopling and Milagros Pinera-Ibaceta, a Cuban singer, came together to create Son Dos. The two were later joined by tubist Jon Sass. Son Dos combines Cuban, Irish, and Classical music and released one album in 2003 called "Mañana Mi Amor" on Extraplatte Records. Son Dos has toured Belgium, Austria, Norway, Sweden, and Germany.
Solo work and the Daisy Jopling Band
In 2009 Jopling collaborated with NYC producer Bojan Dugic to record her first solo album "Key to the Classics". In 2011, Jopling formed "The Daisy Jopling Band" with pianist/keyboardist Daniel Mintseris, bass player Ben Zwerin, and drummer Doug Yowell . Their style incorporates both classical and contemporary elements, and they have toured in Germany, Austria, Turkey, Norway, Mexico, China and the US. Jopling aims to share classical music with everyone by reinterpreting classical music through a contemporary lens. She continues to perform all over the world.
Jopling has composed the music for documentaries such as Wien: Gesicht einer Stadt, and "Feathers from the Sky", a NYC puppet show. She has performed on fashion runways for Eileen Fisher and Danilo Gabrielli.
She has performed in many of the major Festivals and concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburger Festspiele, and at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland.
Jopling enjoys working with children, and often includes children from local schools in her performances.
The String Pulse Experience
Daisy Jopling has created an original show with beat boxing, body percussion, spoken word and rhythms from around the world, accompanied by projections. It is written for her band, and 200 students: singing, playing instruments, and dancing.
The Daisy Jopling Foundation
Since living in NY, Jopling has become passionate about music education, and in collaboration with Arts 10566 has started a free music program for children in Peekskill, NY called “Ovation Music Project”
In June 2013 she premiered Tristan Schulze's “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Orchestra” with the Westchester Putnam Youth Orchestra.
In September 2016 she premiered her own original "Awakening" Show, conducted by Dean Fransen and featuring rhythm specialist Michael Feigenbaum. It was later performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on 27 August 2017.