Daniel Reuss is best known as one of Europe's finest choral conductors, though he has led many major orchestras and had success in opera as well. All of his conducting posts have been with choral ensembles, most notably, the Cappella Amsterdam and Berlin's RIAS Kammerchor. His repertoire has been very eclectic and spans from the late Renaissance to the 21st century. He has toured extensively and has made numerous recordings.
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, he 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 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, he turned to educational pursuits, teaching choral conducting at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory from 1994-2000.