Daniel began his violin lessons at the age of six with his father, Emin Tagiev, a reputable violinist and the teacher. Daniel received his first prize – the Young Talent Award – at the tender age of 8, which was presented to him by Alan Smith, associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He made his first debut at the age of nine playing his first solos with the Manheim Youth Symphony Orchestra. Two years later Daniel appeared at the stage of the Sydney Opera House where he played and performed Vivaldi’s Spring with the multi Award Winning Tagiev Youth Chamber Orchestra, winning the gold award, in front of judges from USA, Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. This success led to more challenges and more solo performances in Europe, Asia, USA. Daniel’s performing experience is enviable and includes famous stages in St Petersburg, Berlin, Xia Men, New York City, Shanghai, Seville, Tallin, Kassel. Daniel has had several master classes with renowned violinists such as Professor Alice Waten, Professor Berent Korfker, Ilya Konovalov Concertmaster of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Rudolf Koelman, the first leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Daniel undertook his tertiary studies with Michele Walsh at the Griffith conservatorium of music in Brisbane in 2013 before completing them at the University of Melbourne under the guidance of Mark Mogilevski in 2017. Daniel has had the privilege to share the stage and work with many of the best musicians in Australia.
After growing up in such a musical family, Daniel decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a teacher. Since 2014, Daniel has been teaching students privately from Melbourne before returning to Brisbane.
“Since I started learning the violin and throughout my years I have always followed and been taught with the Russian teaching method. My philosophy and teaching practice are centered around helping the student find the healthiest, most efficient setup for their playing. Once the student has found their setup, progress happens very rapidly because they then expend little energy to play, and they are using their body in a natural way. I believe the path to excellent violin playing starts with understanding of how the motions and parts of the body work in harmony”