Daniel Lapp | Artistic Director and Full-time Juggler
Victoria’s Daniel Lapp is the only guy who juggles a trumpet, fiddle and huge happy smile all at the same time!
Artistic direction for the House of Music is provided by Daniel Lapp, a legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene and musical mentor to hundreds of students—many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the music industry.
Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Daniel Lapp learned the joy of fiddle music from his grandfather, five uncles and numerous accordion playing aunts. Family events were excuses to play music and he carries this tradition into a new era and contemporary culture.
Throughout his diverse musical career, Daniel has learned to play numerous instruments in many musical genres. He studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and received a music degree from the University of Victoria specializing in trumpet, composition and world music.
Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. He has played in venues around the world, often performing selections from his collection of more than 1,000 indigenous B.C. fiddle tunes.
For more than two decades, Daniel has taught various fiddle styles to dozens of students at workshops across Western Canada and the United States. He has also been a guest instructor at the Universities of Victoria and Newcastle, England.
In 1994, Daniel formed the first B.C. Fiddle Orchestra (BCFO) with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Since that time, hundreds of young people have learned and performed in BCFO ensembles, playing a diverse repertoire drawn from the world’s great contemporary and traditional fiddle cultures. Ensembles of his students have recorded albums and played extensively throughout B.C.
Daniel is the founder and past president of The Victoria Fiddle Society.