Daisy Jopling

The Pied Fiddler of Peekskill

by Cindy Beer-Fouhy

Internationally Acclaimed Classical Rock Violinist Daisy Jopling Returns to the Paramount Center for the Arts

An audience of teens is entranced by the musical concert of a visiting artist. At the finale, they leap from their seats in applause and shout for more. Is it a rock concert? An iconic music star?

It’s Daisy Jopling, —Internationally acclaimed classical rock violinist. The music is Bach and Michael Jackson.

For over two decades, Daisy Jopling has been wowing audiences and transforming the music palates of people of all ages with her high energy fusion of classical music with world music and rock.

Last year, her concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts received a full house standing ovation. Her returning concert at the Paramount on May 19th promises to sell out.

It’s no wonder! A powerhouse of talent, energy and passion for music, Jopling has toured worldwide with the creative string trio “Triology,” with whom she has recorded four CDS, two with BMG RCA Victor ( www​.triology​.cc ) and arranged and recorded the music of Hans Zimmer in Hollywood, for films “Spanglish” and “The Road to El Dorado”. She has performed at the opening of the Vienna Festival before 30,000 people, and is now creating her own show “Daisy Jopling’s World on a String.” The Daisy Jopling Band is touring 2012/​2013 in: China, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Mexico.

Jopling is also a strong advocate for arts education, supporting and encouraging music programs in schools – particularly string programs. Performing for schools, she has introduced students of all ages to the versatility, inspiration and up-​​lift of the violin, and expanded their knowledge of great violin makers and classical composers.

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Daisy performing with young stage performer/​singer Gabrielle Sansone, photo by Howard Copeland

She knows, first-​​hand, the power music can play in a youth’s life. Growing up in England, Jopling received her first violin at age three from her aunt who was a professional violinist. By age fourteen, she made her concerto debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Now living in Peekskill, Jopling has garnered accolades worldwide including Time Out Magazine whose rave reviews cited her as “A sublimely gifted musician.”

The Daisy Jopling Band has showcased and collaborated with local young talent, giving children the opportunity of a lifetime to perform with world class musicians on great stages.

As a Peekskill resident, I want to share my love of music, spotlight some of our best up-​​and-​​coming talent, and give something back to the local community. I hope to encourage young people to explore the amazing world of music and the performing arts to pursue their musical dreams,” said Daisy.

Last year, at her music education benefit concert with her band at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Jopling shared the stage with legendary composer David Amram. She also featured the young emerging talents of community performers.

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Daisy performing with young emerging community talents, photo by Howard Copeland

And this past November, Daisy invited many of these same young performers to share the stage with her in a once-​​in-​​a-​​lifetime opportunity to perform at NYC’s Symphony Space for the Music 4 Orphans benefit concert featuring herself and Zimbabwean music icon and humanitarian “Tuku” Oliver Mtukudzi and other international musicians. The concert raised funds to benefit orphans in the USA and Zimbabwe to empower young minds worldwide through the experience and performance of music.

On May 19th, Jopling’s performance at the Paramount Center for the Arts will include local young talent from last year and her band will perform music from her new CD – the first ever recorded album of the Daisy Jopling Band. The gifted young performers Daisy will showcase include: The Hendrick Hudson High School all girls choral group, the Treble Makers; tap dancer/​musician/​actor Marcus Carl Franklin; Dance Expression of Westchester; stage performer/​singer Gabrielle Sansone; and guitarist Mark McIntyre from Yorktown HS.

Thanks to all of her supporters who helped her reach her Kickstarter project goal of $20,000, Jopling began recording her first album with her band in March. Band musicians include Daniel Mintseris on piano/​keyboards, Ben Zwerin on bass/​producer, and Doug Yowell on drums.

The music for the CD is comprised of modern arrangements of great classical pieces, and originals by Daisy Jopling, Brian Taylor and Ben Zwerin. The arrangers include David Majzlin, Daniel Mintseris, Brian Taylor and Tristan Schulze. Ben Zwerin, the band’s bass player, is producer of the album. Jowan Gauthier, an extraordinary photographer and designer, will be creating the album artwork.

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Daisy performing with legendary music great David Amram, photo by Howard Copeland

Their intent with this album is to forge a new path ahead for classical music: keeping it fresh, creative and innovative, while not losing the virtuosic, intellectual and spiritual prowess of these great composers.

According to Daisy, “I was brought up with classical music, and it has an eternal place in my heart. Yet I want to communicate on a deep emotional level with people who have never heard it. I am a classical musician finding my own creative voice. And I am so honored and privileged to be working with my band, who are not only fabulous musicians, but beautiful souls, ready to throw themselves into a new musical world!”

Jopling has performed and toured with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, Omara Portuondo, and Julian Rachlin. Her performances in major Festivals and concert halls throughout the world include: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York; the Musikverein in Vienna; the Salzburger Festspiele; the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland; and, most recently, at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York alongside Akon, Gilberto Gil, Ky-​​Mani Marley, Salif Keita, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg and Carl Lewis.


For information about Daisy Jopling, log onto www​.daisyjopling​.com
For tickets to her May 19th performance at the Paramount Center for the Arts, log onto www​.ParamountCenter​.org

Cindy Beer-​​Fouhy is a freelance writer, publicist and arts consultant. She can be reached at 914.528.5535,  cindyf@​bestweb.​net


Featured Photo Image by Jowan Gauthier


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