Classical Guitarist, Teacher, and Performance Coach
Daniel is a highly versatile and accomplished classical guitarist, teacher, and performance anxiety coach based in Toronto, ON. He teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and privately online. He regularly helps guitarists of all ages and skill levels to break through their barriers to successful performance through scientific methods informed by wisdom and experience.
Daniel Ramjattan is rapidly emerging as an ambassador for the classical guitar in Canada, and is becoming increasingly sought-after as a performance coach and teacher. He was recently appointed as a guitar instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music as of September 2020.
Past performances have taken him to Vienna, Austria, Italy, and various locations across Canada, the United States, and Japan.
He has performed in concert with many world-renowned musicians, including Vittorio and Duccio Ceccanti, Gary Kulesha, Kristina Szabo, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, and many others. He has performed in festivals and venues such as the Alte Schmiede Kunst Verein, Vienna, the Livorno Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Stratford's Inner Chamber, and the Toronto Contemporary Music Lab.
Daniel has received awards for his playing on the provincial, national, and international levels, placing second in the FCMF National Music Competition, receiving second place prize in the National level of the Canadian Music Competition and First Prize in the Concours de Guitare Outaouais-Gatineau. He also received the Domaine Forget International Music Academy guitar award in 2013 as well as the first prize in the Open Level of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar competition in both 2014 and 2016. He also placed as a finalist in the Hamilton International Guitar Competition and the Montreal International Guitar Competition in the past.
He has received lessons and masterclasses from world-renowned guitarists such as Denis Azabagic, Jorge Caballero, Pavel Steidl, Sergio Assad, Lorenzo Micheli, Pepe Romero, Fabio Zanon, Bruce Holzman, Remi Boucher, Patrick Roux, and Jerome Ducharme. He also received the Nalini Perera Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, which permitted him to study with Lorenzo Micheli in Austria and Italy in Summer 2017.
Daniel has a particular love for new music and the music of new composers, and recently premiered a brand new set of six works for guitar and marimba at the Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, in Vienna, Austria, with percussionist Naoko Tsujita in January 2018. In the past, he has premiered works by Daniel Mehdizadeh, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Julian Bertino, and several others, which can be found on his Youtube channel.
Daniel holds a Master's degree and a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with the renowned composer-performer Patrick Roux. He also studied with world-renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman in Tallahassee, Florida for a semester in Fall 2014.
Daniel is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto with Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, where he is studying music performance anxiety (stage fright) for his dissertation. He often shares the insights from his research with students, and is active as a performance coach for musicians who suffer with severe music performance anxiety.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel founded "Concerts for the End of Time", a livestream concert platform on Twitch that features high level guitarists and musicians from all over the world every other Saturday, at https://twitch.tv/concertsfortheendoftime
Daniel performs on a 2010 left-handed seven-string Kolya Panhuyzen guitar.