Daniel Kaminsk, co-principal timpanist, soloist, of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland

Douglas Cardwell
co-principal timpanist, soloist


Daniel Kaminski, DMA, is the co-principal timpanist, soloist, of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. Daniel holds Master of Music degrees from the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw and the University of Akron School of Music. He received his Doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

As a soloist Daniel has won the 2nd Prize at the National Percussion Competition in Warsaw (2000) and was the finalist of the Contemporary Music Interpretation Competition in Warsaw (2001). He was also a semi-finalist of the International Timpani Competition in Paris (2001). He participated in numerous international festivals and masterclasses with such esteemed artists as John Beck, Cloyd Duff, Steve Reich, Peter Erskine, Marta Ptaszyńska, Frederic Macarez, Christopher Lamb, Klaus Tresselt, Katarzyna Myćka and Momoko Kamiya.

Daniel has worked with the best orchestras in Poland, among them National Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Radio Orchestra, Warsaw Chamber Opera and numerous international ensembles – Akron Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Ballet, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, Colburn School of Music Orchestra, Debut Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Intimate Opera Company, California E.A.R. Unit and Trondheim Sinfonieorkester. He has recorded film music at Sony, Paramount and Warner Brothers studios and performed for PBS. In 2008 Daniel participated in the World Première of Frank Zappa’s musical Joe’s Garage with the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. In 2011 Daniel was appointed the co-principal timpanist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw and currently holds the soloist position. He is also an active educator.

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