Tom Daun is one of the leading harpist in Germany: he is a regular performer at both Folk Festivals and Early Music events. He has published nine CDs with solo harp music and a lot more with a wide range of bands and ensembles.
Tom Daun studied classical guitar and piano at Cologne Conservatory. Later he spent a few years in Scotland as a postgraduate student taking degrees in Scottish Traditional Music, Early Music and Ethnomusicology at Edinburgh University. He holds a „Master of Music“ degree.
On his return to Germany Tom started working as a music journalist for WDR, the country’s largest radio station. Ever since he has been very busy as a producer and presenter of music programmes until today.
At the same time he started playing the harp, teaching himself, without ever taking lessons….
With his band LA ROTTA Tom was very succesful: for many years they toured round Germany and abroad to places like Finland, Poland, Scotland, France. La Rotta’s colourful adaption of early music with modern rhythms and sounds is still very popular today. Their four albums are much in demand.
Tom also worked a lot with Swedish singer ANNA LINDBLOM; together with skilful musicians from Jazz and Folk backgrounds their quintet played some highly inventive and experimental music.
Together with Germany’s legendary recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger Tom has formed the duo „Barrocco Celtico“ – presenting music from Ireland and Scotland.“
Still, playing SOLO is Tom’s main interest. His programme ranges from medieval harp melodies to beautiful arrangements of English renaissance tunes, Baroque music, sounds of the Celtic harp and rhythms of Latin America. Tom also writes a lot of original compositions for harp.
He performed in events like Germany’s huge world music festival TFF Rudolstadt, was invited to play at the „Festival mundial del arpa“ in Paraguay, the World Harp Festival in Prague and many other places. His nine solo CD albums give a good impression of the nature of his work.
„Tom’s harp music brings real notes of joy to the soul“ – (Early Music Review)