From a young age, Canadian conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser turned to orchestral music to bring light, beauty, and healing to his personal and professional life. He earned his Bachelor of Music Performance and Education from the University of Calgary and received his Master of Philosophy in Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He won the Canada Council for the Arts Jean-Marie Beaudet Prize for Orchestral Conducting and has served as assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and associate conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, and Eastern Sierra Symphony. This season, he makes his debut with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and serves as cover conductor with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in December 2015.
Currently Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador at Symphony Nova Scotia, Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser was recently appointed to the Board of Orchestras Canada, where he serves as chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee. He was the subject of the CBC/Iron Bay Media documentary Disruptor Conductor. The film chronicles his multifaceted conducting activities, including playing in a women’s prison; leading an Afro-fusion concert; putting on the first orchestral drag show with RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Thorgy Thor; and creating a concert for people on the autism spectrum.