A son of a prominent musicologist, Daniel Raiskin grew up in St Petersburg, where music has played an important role from the early days of his life. Already as a child he would go to concerts and opera several times a week absorbing versatile impressions. He attended music school from the age of six and went on to the celebrated conservatory in his native city, where he studied viola and conducting.
Inspired to take up the baton by an encounter with the distinguished teacher Lev Savich, who infected him with an idea of forming the sound with hands, body and the entire personality, he also took classes with such maestri as Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Milan Horvat, Woldemar Nelson und Jorma Panula. 
At the age of 20 Daniel Raiskin left the Soviet Union to continue his studies in Amsterdam and Freiburg, and was soon in demand as one of Europe’s leading viola players, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He chose to make a gradual transition into a conducting career and soon became recognised as one of the most versatile conductors of the younger generation. Raiskin places a great emphasis on transparency in his interpretations. Rather than simply bathing the listener in pleasant sounds, he releases the full potential of a piece by revealing its structure, detail, layers and subtext, finding the right balance of sound and energy as he encourages the players to communicate with each other and tell a story through the music. Raiskin, who cultivates a broad repertoire, often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programmes, taking orchestra and audience on a voyage of discovery.
Since 2005 Daniel Raiskin has been Chief Conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and since 2008 has held the same title with the “Artur Rubinstein” Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Lodz. His guest engagements across Europe and Asia include the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Estonian National Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian National Orchestra, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Prague Symphony, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, RTE Orchestra Dublin, Czech Radio Symphony, Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Staatskapelle Halle, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Symfonie Orkest Vlaanderen, Polish National Radio Symphony of Warsaw and Katowice and the Zagreb Philharmonic.
His regular appearances in the opera house have included Carmen, directed by Calixto Bieito for the Dutch company Opera Zuid in 2006/2007, and also the following season at the Koblenzer Stadt Theater, where he conducts Shostakovich’s The Nose in November 2010. 
His guest engagements over the 2010/11 season include the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö Symfoniorkester, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Orquestra Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Among the major soloists with whom Daniel Raiskin has appeared are Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky, Natalia Gutman, Julian Rachlin, Martin Fröst, Benjamin Schmid, Alban Gerhardt, Enrico Pace, Ivo Pogorelich, Peter Jablonski, Janine Jansen, Kari Kriikku, Alexei Lubimov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Steven Osborne, Hagai Shaham and Dmitri Sitkovetsky.
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