PERCUSSION | DRUMS

DÁNIEL JANCA

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Versatile percussion artist and drummer Dániel Janca is an avid soloist and collaborator engaged in both the classical and modern music scene.


Having been doubly awarded the prestigious Fischer Annie Scholarship of the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary in 2017 and 2018, Dániel, for the first time as a solo artist, conceived of and debuted with unique concert programs ranging from personal adaptations of baroque chorales on marimba and vibraphone all the way to improvisatory jazz drumming and unconventional theatric choreographed pieces. He is sought after to partner in premiering percussion concertos and substantiating studio recordings – Dániel was featured as soloist by his orchestra, the highly acclaimed Concerto Budapest with an all-mallet percussion concerto performance and he is premiering Mikel Urquiza’s brand new percussion concerto with the Danubia Orchestra upon the invitation of the
Eötvös Péter Contemporary Music Foundation. He forged duos with percussionist David Degge and flutist Drahos Rebeka – Dániel and David introduced to the audience selections of their treasured contemporary percussion works by American and Hungarian composers, while Rebeka joined Dániel in presenting their arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music to mallet percussion instruments, flute, and piccolo, while their duo also performed in a jazz-combo setting. Dániel is teaching at the Lycée français Gustave Eiffel de Budapest and is pursuing a doctoral degree at the Doctoral School of the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

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Dániel has had the honor of working personally with composers Steve Reich, David Lang, Péter Eötvös, and Helmut Lachenmann. He has been guest artist at the world’s foremost percussion festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), USA alongside Michael Burritt and the PASIC All-Star International Percussion Ensemble, as well as with chief orchestras and ensembles including the Amadinda Percussion Group, Ju Percussion Group, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He had previously been a percussionist and timpanist member of the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok for over 4 years and the drummer of jazz, pop, rock bands. These engagements brought him to some of the most illustrious venues – Carnegie Hall (New York), Stadtcasino (Basel), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Ravello Festival (Italy), Konzerthaus & Musikverein (Vienna), National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), La Maison de la Radio (Paris).


Placing 2nd in the Hungarian National Percussion Solo Competition already as a teenager encouraged the pursuit of further achievements, Dániel was awarded the 1st prize as solo timpanist at the Italy Percussive Arts Society's (PAS) 2012 International Percussion Competition in Fermo, Italy, still as a sophomore and went on to win the top age categories of multiple online solo contests in 2021 – 1st prize at the International Moscow Music Competition in both the solo percussion and percussion ensemble categories, 1er Prix à l'unanimité & Prix d’honneur at the France Music Competition, and the Absolute First prize of the VI. Danubia Talents International Online Music Competition.

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Concluding 15 years of percussion studies and 6 years of jazz studies, he graduated from the Liszt Academy (Budapest) (BA 2014, MA 2016, Pedagogy MA 2019) where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the special Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) program. Previously at the Academy he studied with Rácz Zoltán, Joó Szabolcs, Jeszenszky György and Benkó Ákos, at the Szent István Király Conservatory Budapest with Fábry Boglárka, at the Bartók Béla Conservatory Budapest with Geröly Tamás, and in the beginning at the Aelia Sabina Music School Budapest with Kovács Tibor. Significantly expanding Dániel’s experiences and insights he participated in numerous masterclasses – Northwestern University’s summer symposium with She-e Wu, Christopher Lamb, Vadim Karpinos and Paul Wertico, the Croatia Drum Camp with Steve Gadd, John Riley, Horacio Hernandez and Claus Hessler, as well as masterclasses with Dave Weckl, Borlai Gergö, Gordon Stout, Pedro Carneiro and Marc Damoulakis.

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Dániel was supported by Budafok Government, MOL & New Europe Foundation, Bank of China, Liszt Academy Budapest, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Erste Bank, and the PAS Armand Zildjian Scholarship.

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Photos by Orsolya Bernáth, Rebeka Drahos.

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