Daniela Mars, a Trevor James Flutes Artist, is a Brazilian flautist raised in Japan, South Korea, Brazil and England. She is an inspiring soloist, composer, educator, and social media persona, enjoying a rich artistic life driven by a love of nature and travel. From the deepest caves of Vietnam to the mountains and waterfalls of her homeland in Brazil, Daniela loves to make music with her flutes and be immersed and connected with the natural world.
Daniela has a particular interest in extended flute techniques and specialises in performances with the low flutes. As such, she is passionate about working with living composers to create and bring to life new repertoire for these beautiful instruments.
In 2023-24, Daniela’s projects include ‘Reverence for the Moment’, a new album she has conceived and created for the low flutes. The album includes new recordings, commissions and collaborations by composers including Robert Patterson, Paul Smith, Rainer Berger and Ola Gjeilo. This music sits alongside her own compositions, which are released on record for the first time. This album follows the success of her debut on VOCES8 Records in 2022, ‘Intrinsic’. Her imaginative approach to recording projects saw her release this album as a series of singles across the year, and with a different music video inspired by nature connected to each release, filmed in various locations across Brazil.
Other highlights as a soloist in the season include world premiere performances of concertos written for her by Philippe Truille (DiMenna Centre, NYC) and Isaiah Castro (California); performances at Mostly Modern Festival (Netherlands); with Orquestra Sinfónica de Barra Mansa under the direction of Daniel Guedes; in France, the UK, China, and Germany. Appearances in Vietnam, Singapore and Australia complete a busy touring schedule.
Alongside her solo work, Daniela loves working in a small ensemble setting. Her performance work in small ensembles this season includes concerts in Europe and the US with Drei Pirouetten and BETA Quartet and a new collaboration connecting music to visual art installations with Paul Smith and world champion loop station artist, Mando Beatbox.
Daniela is passionate about the power of social media to connect people and as a space for discovery, creativity and learning. She uses her presence on platforms like Instagram and TikTok to encourage viewers and followers to discover more about the low flutes. With a winning combination of humour and beautiful music, her posts reach millions and have become an internet sensation.
In her formative years, Daniela studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the tutelage of Rowland Sutherland, City University, and Prayner Konservatorium of Arts in Vienna with Reza Najfar. She was also a Straubinger Scholarship recipient, studying with Jasmine Choi during her International Masterclass in Bregenz, Austria.
Outside of her classical performance work, Daniela loves a wide range of other music and has given numerous performances with Latin music and Symphonic Orchestras including the Brazilian samba band ‘Rhythms of the City’, with whom she has performed in venues such as the Emirates Stadium, O2 Academy, Circo Voador, and toured in the UK, Poland and Brazil.
Daniela is delighted to be an ambassador for Trevor James Flutes.