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A passionate communicator, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. He is concurrently the Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador of Symphony Nova Scotia. 

Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser served as assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and associate conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and he has appeared regularly with the San Francisco Symphony. He was cover conductor with Washington National Opera in 2020. In the 2020–21 season, he makes his debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Regina Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, and the Kamloops Symphony.

Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser was recently the subject of a feature-length Canadian Broadcasting Company documentary that focused on his efforts to extend the boundaries of the orchestral music world through concerts for neurodiverse, prison, African Diaspora, and LGBTQ2S+ populations.

Mr. Bartholomew-Poyser earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Education from the University of Calgary and his Master of Philosophy in Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.