One of Brazil’s most acclaimed and versatile musicians, Daniel Wolff is a Bachelor of Music from the Uruguayan University in Montevidéo. Wolff was later awarded full scholarships from the Brazilian government to obtain the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from New York’s prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where he was given the Helen Cohn Award for outstanding achievement. He became thus the first Brazilian to receive a doctorate in guitar performance.
A Professor of Music at the Brazilian Federal University (UFRGS), where he created the Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, he is in constant demand to teach in universities and music festivals in the United States, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Winner of guitar competitions in Brazil and the United States, he has performed widely in Europe, South America and the United States, where he appeared at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall. His main guitar teachers were Eduardo Fernández, Abel Carlevaro and Manuel Barrueco.
As an arranger and composer, he had his works performed and recorded by orchestras and chamber ensembles in Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany, England and the United States. His arrangements have been recorded by a variety of artists, culminating in a Grammy Award and the Açorianos Prize for best arranger. He has also written various prize-winning film scores.
His CD Concerto ŕ Brasileira, featuring Brazilian works for guitar and orchestra, received warm reviews worldwide, plus three entries for the Grammy Awards. He later released Cantilena (with cellist Rodrigo Alquati), New Transcriptions for Two Guitars (with Daniel Göritz) and The Right Seasons, where he performs his arrangements of Thiago de Mello’s works along with members of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007/2008 Daniel was a Guest Professor at Berlin's Universität der Künste.
The Guitar Duo - Daniel Göritz and Daniel Wolff - met in 1994 while pursuing doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Their similar interests and activities in the areas of composing, arranging, performing and sight-reading soon led to a stimulating and productive cooperation as a duo. Both felt the need to enlarge their repertoire and had been making guitar transcriptions of works originally written for other instruments from an early age. Together they played through much of the existing repertoire for guitar duo as well as their own duo transcriptions, trying out different solutions and profiting from each other’s suggestions and ideas. They are pursuing a regular collaboration as a duo, notwithstanding the geographical distance.
The released items at Edition Margaux (Chopin: “Grande Valse Brillante” and “Vals op. 64” and Beethoven: “Sonata op. 31,2”) are recorded on the CD “New Transciptions for 2 Guitars, Vol. 1”, kr 10099. For this CD and Wolffs transcriptions of Chopin: “Grande Valse Brillante” and “Vals op. 64” and Beethoven: “Sonata op. 31,2”, Daniel Wolff won for the second time, the Açorianos Prize for Best Arranger, Brazil, 2008. The Music Department of the Brazilian Federal University, where Daniel teaches, was also awarded a prize for its centennial anniversary.
“A first rate guitarist. The competence of a master. “ (GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE)
"Daniel Wolff's talents are very impressive” (CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE, England)
“A musician of great worth. A virtuoso soloist.” (ELDORADO MAGAZINE, Argentina)
"A gorgeously expressionistic recording.” (ALL MUSIC GUIDE, USA)
“Highly sophisticated and emotional.” (ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS, Uruguay)
“A great musician.” (GUITARRISTAS.COM, Argentina)
“A highly qualified artist. Ample talent. Simply impeccable.” (TRIBUNA DA IMPRENSA, Rio de Janeiro)
“A flawless performance.” (THE NEW MUSIC CONNAISSEUR, New York)