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Daniel Weltlinger

Born in Sydney, Australia in 1977 and of French-Austro-Hungarian-Israeli family background, the critically acclaimed Berlin-based violinist and composer-producer Daniel Weltlinger has long been renowned worldwide for his distinctive warm sound and innovations within the genres of Gypsy-swing, jazz, Yiddish-klezmer and experimental/free-improvised music. He is frequently in demand in a recording or performance capacity, often in collaboration with an array of top musicians and ensembles in a variety of different formats, and is highly sought after for his technical and musical mastery on his main instrument. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he has performed and recorded in countless major concert halls, theatres, clubs and festivals across Australia, Europe, China, Morocco, Turkey, the US and Israel, and continues to collaborate with a wide range of renowned artists and ensembles including German-Sinti guitarist and composer Lulo Reinhardt along with members of the Reinhardt family based in Koblenz/Rheinland Pfalz, Berlin based Yiddish singer-actor Karsten Troyke and singer-actress Sharon Brauner, Polish-Australian singer Nadya Golski and her 101 Candles Orkestra, the Australian multi-ARIA Award-winning Gyp-rock band Monsieur Camembert and the Berlin based Turkish- Classical Ensemble Olivinn amongst many others. He runs the independent record label Rectify Records, which produced the album ‘Koblenz’ nominated as amongst one of the best albums of 2015 in Downbeat Magazine, and in addition to leading various combinations under his own name co-leads a number of ensembles including Gypsy-jazz collective ‘Radio Django’ with guitarist Janko Lauenberger, Hungarian Folk-experimental duo ‘The Huns‘ with bassist/multi instrumentalist Taylor Savvy, as well as two Australian based contemporary music projects ‘Zohar’s Nigun’ and ‘The Asthmatix’ with long-time associate keyboardist Daniel Pliner, which fuse Jewish music within the respective contemporary frameworks of jazz and electronica/hip-hop.

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‘If you can make sound tell a story it becomes music, and were Daniel Weltlinger not a musician, he would still be a story-teller…he uses notes the way a supremely elegant writer – say, Austen or Orwell – uses words, so the sounds, rhythms and sentence constructions dovetail with the meaning so perfectly that the reader’s eye dances effortlessly along each line.’

John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Violinist Daniel Weltlinger composes and plays new material in the tradition of Django Reinhardt, but with a look to the future.’

George W. Harris – Jazz Weekly

‘The violin sings in the hands of Daniel Weltlinger like no other.‘

Peter Winkler – Music Trust Online

'The music of Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli has spawned countless imitators and revivalists the world over, but where others have used the Gypsy swing idiom as a vehicle for virtuosity Weltlinger brings a refreshing sense of innocence to bear

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Intermediate to advanced


Hourly rates (can teach over Skype or in person here in Berlin) - $60-80 an hour. Teaching experience has included work at the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Emanuel School Randwick as well as many years of private tuition and workshops in jazz/general improvisation at various festivals and conservatories including Tamworth Conservatorium, Gunnedah Conservatorium, Wollongong Conservatorium, the Hawkesbury Fiddle Festival, Brisbane Ozmanouche Festival, Djangofest San Francisco and the Piła Festival and Academy in Poland.



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