Daniel Hope Named New Music Director at New Century Chamber Orchestra

The New Century Chamber Orchestra recently welcomed British violinist Daniel Hope as its new music director. Since 2016, Hope served as artistic partner for the 19-member, conductorless ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A five-year appointment, Hope’s stint as music director begins officially in the 2018-19 season and will run through 2022-23.


The virtuoso and soloist is a Deutsche Grammophon artist, has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and five ECHO Klassik Prizes. As a music director, Hope leads chamber orchestras as a soloist with ensembles including the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, and Concerto Koln.

Hope expressed his excitement for his new role in a statement, saying, “The connection I felt with each and every member of this fine orchestra was immediate from the first moment we played together.”

Founded in 1992, NCCO is one of only a handful of conductorless ensembles in the world. Previous music directors have included Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (2008-2017), Krista Bennion Feeney (1999-2006), and Stuart Canin (1992-1999).