Daniel Reuss is best known as one of Europe's finest choral conductors, though he has led many major orchestras and had notable success in opera as well. All his conducting posts have been with choral ensembles, the best known of them the Cappella Amsterdam and Berlin's RIAS Kammerchor. Reuss' repertory has very been eclectic and spans from late Renaissance to contemporary fare, taking in works by Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Brahms, Janácek, Poulenc, Messiaen, Ligeti, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Ivan Moody, and such contemporary Dutch composers as Ton de Leeuw, Robert Heppener, and Peter Schat. Reuss is equally effective in smaller a cappella works, like a Sweelinck or Brahms motet, as he is in large pieces, like Handel's oratorio Solomon or Frank Martin's hour-and-a-half oratorio Golgotha, for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Reuss has toured throughout Europe, the U.K., U.S., and Japan, and has made numerous recordings for such labels as Harmonia Mundi, Channel Classics, and Hyperion.
Daniel Reuss was born in Leiden, Netherlands, on July 2, 1961. He studied choral conducting at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where his teachers included Barend Schuurman. In 1982, aged just 21, Reuss founded the Early Music Choir Arnhem. In the 1980s Reuss steadily built his career and from 1988-1998 he served as conductor of the talented amateur group, the Venus Vocal Ensemble. In 1990 he assumed duties as principal conductor of the Cappella Amsterdam and still serves in that role.
Throughout his tenure Cappella Amsterdam has grown in prestige, performing not only in many acclaimed concerts but in major opera productions, as with the 1996 Dutch premiere of Tan Dun's Marco Polo, where Reuss served as choral director. The live performance was issued by Sony on two CDs in 1997 and received high praise. In the 1990s Reuss was also engaged in other activities, which included conducting an excellent amateur choir, the Dutch Student Chamber Choir, from 1990-1997. In addition, Reuss turned to educational pursuits, teaching choral conducting at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory from 1994-2000.
In 2003 Reuss accepted another position, this one in Berlin as conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor. Though he held his Berlin post only until 2006, Reuss achieved notable successes with the ensemble, which included his highly acclaimed Harmonia Mundi disc of Handel's Solomon (issued in 2007). On this recording Reuss also conducts the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Reuss debuted at the English National Opera in February 2007 leading a performance of Handel's Agrippina. U.K. critics were almost unanimous in their praise of both him and the production. In 2008 Reuss assumed duties as chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, succeeding Paul Hillier.
Reuss' 2010 Harmonia Mundi recording of Frank Martin's Golgotha, with both the Cappella Amsterdam and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, was another critical success. Reuss' busy 2012 schedule included February concerts with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Requiem in Tallinn and Groningen, Netherlands.