Our Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador

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 Youth Conductor and Creative Partner of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, 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.

Daniel has conducted the Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Link-Up Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, and he is the Music Director of the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and was Cover Conductor with the Washington National Opera.

Daniel is the host of CBC’s nationally broadcast weekly radio show Centre Stage.

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

Daniel earned his Bachelor 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.



Listen to Daniel on CBC Radio’s Centre Stage here.

Watch the CBC Documentary Disruptor Conductor here.