About our Music Director

Daniel Warren conducting

Daniel Warren is a highly sought-after conductor, arranger and trumpet soloist.  He became the director of the orchestra@uwaterloo in September 2017, replacing Erna Van Daele who has ably served the orchestra since 2004.

Building on a great foundation, Warren has taken the orchestra@uwaterloo in new and exciting directions.  In Spring 2019 the orchestra played with local opera singers Natasha Campbell and Autumn Wascher, a new experience.  Fairytales and Legends is available on our Recordings page.

Warren served as Resident Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony for fourteen years and, more recently, as Creative Advisor and conductor for Orchestra London Canada.  Daniel Warren has conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and many other ensembles. Many of these performances have been heard on CBC radio. For the past twelve years he has been conducting at the Westben Arts Festival Theatre  in performances of opera, choral and orchestral programs.  

Comfortable with virtually all genres of orchestral music, Warren has conducted such notable opera singers including John Fanning, Gary Relyea, Susan Platts, Donna Bennett, Karina Gauvin, Jane Archibald, Daniel Lichti, Virginia Hatfield, Jennifer Enns Modolo, James McLean, and Mark Dubois.

Other artists include Anne MurrayBarenaked LadiesRoger Hodgson of Supertramp, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Louise PitreHolly ColeDenzal SinclairMartin Fry of ABCJeans ‘n Classics and Cirque de la Symphonie.

As a conductor and as a trumpet soloist Warren has recorded both on CD and in live television broadcast. He has toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble throughout Canada, the  United States, England, France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and throughout South America.

Also active as an arranger, Daniel Warren’s work was recently played by the  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, England.  His symphonic arrangements span Classical, Jazz, Broadway and Rock styles and have been performed by orchestras in Canada, the USA, England and Asia.  He has arranged for such artists as Quartetto Gelato, David Rogers, Louise Pitre, Michael DoreDonna Bennett and Stephen Michaels Kabakos.   

He resides with his wonderful wife and family in their rural, owner-built home.

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