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Principal Youth Conductor and Creative Partner

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser

Last updated: September 22, 2023

A passionate communicator, Daniel brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is concurrently the Principal Youth Conductor and Creative Partner of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador of Symphony Nova Scotia, and Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education of the San Francisco Symphony. 

He served as Assistant Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo S​​ymphony and Associate Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Daniel has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and was Cover Conductor with the Washington National Opera in 2020. 

In the 2021 Season Daniel will debut with the Carnegie Hall Link-Up Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.  

Daniel is the host of Canadian Broadcasting Company’s nationally broadcast weekly radio show Centrestage

He was also the subject of an award-winning, full-length Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary called Disruptor Conductor, focussing on his concerts for Neurodiverse, Prison, African Diaspora and LGBTQ2S+ populations. 

Daniel earned his Bachelors 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.  

Upcoming events

  1. Join the NAC Orchestra and its special guests for a musical exploration of Amazing Planet Earth and the universe beyond!  … read more

  2. A dragnificent, dazzling, theatrical symphonic extravaganza  … read more

Projects & initiatives

  • Great Canadian Orchestra Field Trip free

    Great Canadian Orchestra Field Trip

    Join orchestras, musicians, activists, and scientists from coast to coast on a musical journey. This free video-on-demand learning series explores the transformative power of music and art in the climate emergency.

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    Bring Reggae Roots to your school!

    Give your classroom a front-row seat to our video-on-demand learning series about the evolution of Jamaica’s most famous export: Reggae music.

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