Daniel Janca is a versatile percussionist and drummer engaged in an array of contemporary and classical genres as an avid collaborator & soloist. Currently his focus is solo and duo projects and performing as a member of the highly acclaimed Concerto Budapest orchestra.
Daniel was awarded the prestigious Annie Fischer Scholarship of the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary twice, endorsing several solo and chamber music concerts between 2017 and 2019, where his affinity, training and professional experience both as a classical percussionist and jazz drummer spawned uniquely colorful programs ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach chorales to improvisatory jazz fusion and contemporary theatric body percussion. He was featured as the soloist of the Concerto Budapest orchestra with an all-mallet hungarian percussion concerto by composer László Dubrovay and will premier a new percussion concerto by Mikel Urquiza with the Danubia Orchestra this year upon the invitation of the Péter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation. In 2019 Daniel joined percussionist David Degge to perform exclusive Hungarian-American percussion programs. They debuted in Budapest, premiering works of Aurél Holló, Eric-Cha Beach, Jason Treuting for the Hungarian audience. Daniel forged flute-percussion programs with flutist Rebeka Drahos. They performed all-Bach evenings as well as in a jazz-combo setting since, leaving their contemporary concert ideas yet to be unveiled.
Daniel’s prior background involves the honor of developing through the invaluable experience of working with composers such as Steve Reich, David Lang, Péter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, ensembles including the Amadinda Percussion Group, Ju Percussion Group, and the 2015 PASIC All-Star International Percussion Ensemble with Michael Burritt, as well as all leading orchestras of Hungary, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
As a sophomore he won the Italy Percussive Arts Society's (PAS) 2012 International Percussion Competition’s Timpani category in Fermo, Italy. Concluding 15 years of percussion and 4 years of jazz studies, including masterclasses at Northwestern University (USA) and Croatia Drum Camp, Daniel graduated from the Liszt Academy, Budapest, studying with Zoltán Rácz and Szabolcs Joó.
Previously he was supported by Budafok Government, MOL & New Europe Foundation, Bank of China, Liszt Academy Budapest, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, and the PAS Armand Zildjian scholarship.
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