B i o

Chief Conductor of the

Musikverein St. Pölten.

Born in Colombia and educated in Vienna, the conductor Daniel Rueda Blanco enjoys exploring a wide range of repertoire, with a special interest in modern and contemporary music. The season 2020/21 saw Daniel conducting the Wiener Symphoniker and the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna. Additionally he is currently active as arranger and orchestrator for the Opera of the Theater Magdeburg (Germany).


Daniel is a recipient of several conducting accolades. In 2019, he received the Special Award of the George Enescu Philharmonic at the X International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest. As well, he was winner of the Conducting Academies of the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra (2017) and of the Caldas Symphony Orchestra (2015). As a pianist, he was winner of the Soloist Competition of the Colombian National Conservatory (2014). Daniel was recipient of the Viktor-Bunzl Award of the MDW in 2020, and of the Scholarship of the Sobotka-Janeczek Foundation Vienna in 2018, granted to “first-class conductors and soloists”.

Daniel is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Musikverein St. Pölten -the oldest symphonic Musikverein in Austria-. He has been Chief Conductor of the Colombian National Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (2014-15) and of the Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble (2013). He has conducted different orchestras among the world: The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Beijing (China), the Ensemble PHACE (As Ensemble in Residence of the Vienna Summer Music Festival 2019), the Ortenau Orchestra Offenburg (Germany) the String Orchestra of the Strasbourg Conservatory (France), the Strasbourg University Orchestra, the Critical Orchestra of the MDW, the Solist Kammerorchester of Vienna, the ProArte Orchestra of Vienna, the Symphonic Windband of the Colombian National Conservatory, and the Collegium Musicum Orchestra of Bogotá. As an Assistant Conductor, he has worked for the Carintischer Sommer Festival in Austria in 2021 (Johannes Kalitzke: Jeanne d'Arc), and in upcoming 2022 for Svetoslav Borisov and the Theater Magdeburg (Elena Langer: Figaro gets a Divorce). Daniel has collaborated as well with the soloists Ana Percevic (Montenegro), Henrike von Heimburg (Germany), Andrea Orjuela Niño (Colombia) and Niklas Liepe (Germany), among others; also with the composers Elena Langer, Jaime Torres, José Guillermo Martínez and Mauricio Nasi.

Daniel received in 2016 his Bachelor with Honors in Conducting from the Colombian National Conservatory, where he studied with Libardo Saavedra and Tetsuo Kagehira (Conducting), and Raúl Mesa (Piano). He holds a Magister Art. with Honors In Orchestral Conducting from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he studied with Simeon Pironkoff (Conducting), Wladimir Kiradjiev (Opera Conducting) and Thomas Kreuzberger (Piano). He has also participated in Masterclasses in Piano with Blanca Uribe and Pilar Leyva, and in Conducting with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Marin Alsop, Guerassim Voronkov, Yu Feng, among others.

Daniel Rueda Blanco lives currently in Vienna. Since 2021 he has been appointed as Conducting Fellow of the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrats.