Daniel Snowman

In this interview the cultural historian and broadcaster Daniel Snowman discusses his own experience of growing up within the Jewish community in London before turning to his experiences of interviewing and working with the Amadeus Quartet.

Daniel gives us a rare insight into the players as people; how they were affected by their experiences as emigres and how their working styles and characters combined to create one of the most successful chamber ensembles of the twentieth century.


Daniel Snowman is author of The Hitler Emigrés: The Cultural Impact of Refugees from Nazism. A social and cultural historian, he was born in London, educated at Cambridge and Cornell, and at 24 was a Lecturer at the University of Sussex. For many years, he worked at the BBC where he was responsible for a wide variety of radio series on cultural and historical topics, and since 2004 has held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London).

A long-time member of the London Philharmonic Choir, he is a frequent lecturer for a variety of music societies, academic groups, arts festivals, cultural organisations, and luncheon clubs, and each year he leads opera tours to several of the world’s great cultural capitals. Daniel’s books include studies of the Amadeus Quartet and Plácido Domingo and, most recently The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera.

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