DANIEL KOBIALKA., the San Francisco Symphony's principal second violinist, began his musical studies at an early age under his father, Harry Kobialka, a professional violinist and a member of the Stradivarius String Quartet. He first appeared with an orchestra at the age of eight. At the age of sixteen, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing the Sibelius concerto with the Greater Boston Youth symphony, and won the Boston Symphony Orchestra Competition. Four years later, he made a much acclaimed solo debut at Carnegie Hall.
Kobialka received a bachelor's degree from Hartt College of Music, the University of Hartford, and holds and masters degree and Doctorate of Music from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Much of Kobialka's career has been associated with contemporary music. He has premiered both solo works and concerti for violin, including American premieres of Ben Weber's "Violin Concerto" with the Atlanta Symphony and Takemitsu's "Far call, Coming far!" with the San Francisco Symphony. Other composers who have written specifically for him include George Rochberg, Lou Harrison, Henry Brandt, Vivian Fine, Arthur Custer, Theodore Antoniou, and Marta Ptaszynska. Kobialka served as concertmaster for the premiere performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass", which opened the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
He is presently concertmaster of the Midsummer Mozart Festival under George Cleve. He has given concerts with the Boston Symphony and appears regularly in special concerts of the San Francisco Symphony, including their "New and Unusual Music" series.
Mr. Kobialka is on the faculty of San Francisco State University; performs as a member of the Trio Concertante; and as a duo with his wife, pianist Machiko Kobialka.
He is currently in the midst of a large scale recording project with Sonic Arts Corporation. His recording of his own composition, "Autumn Beyond", coupled with Henry Brandt's "Solar Moth", was included on the "New York Times"'s list of "The Year's Best Recordings" for 1982. His "Labyrinth Witinin"(?jh) was given its premiere by the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in 1980. Other commissioned works have been written for the Berkeley Symphony, Dance Spectrum, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.