Our Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser has been Symphony Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and Community Ambassador since the 2017/18 season.

Daniel has worked with some of the foremost conductors of this generation; among them are Mark Elder, Clark Rundell, Baldur Bronnimann, Arthur Post, and Kenneth Kiesler. He is currently Assistant Conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada. Previous to his appointment in Kitchener-Waterloo, he was Assistant and then Associate Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

A passionate communicator, Daniel brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and their performers. Daniel has appeared as a guest conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic, Eastern Sierra Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and appears regularly with Symphony Nova Scotia. He has also been invited back to the San Francisco Symphony for this season.

Daniel earned the Faculty of Fine Arts Gold Medal at the University of Calgary along with a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Fine Arts in Advanced Wind Conducting. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he earned the Royal Northern College’s James Kershaw Memorial Scholarship, Brierley Conducting Prize, David Frederick-Baker Memorial Prize, and the Master of Philosophy in Music Performance degree. In Canada, he has been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jean-Marie Beaudet Prize for Orchestral Conducting and was recently awarded an RBC Royal Bank Emerging Artist Grant.