Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Daniel started his cello studies at age three in the MacPhail Center For Music, eventually studying privately with renowned cellist and Alexander Teacher, Käthe Jarka. His early training began at the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Artaria Chamber Music School where he got the opportunity to work closely with the Artaria String Quartet and grew a deep passion for the contemporary classical world, chamber music, and arts management.
Daniel has been a frequent attendee of the International Cello Institute, Stringwood Chamber Festival, Chamber Music Conference & Composers Forum, and The Cello Seminar at Salem. Daniel has also spent summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, Sartory Chamber Music Institute, and Kinhaven Music Festival. Throughout his training, Daniel has traveled to New York, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Český Krumlov and has been a two time prizewinner at the SPCO Chamber Music Competition.
Through his experiences at The Cello Seminar and mentorship of Rhonda Rider and Laura Sewell, Daniel quickly realized his love of new music. Daniel collaborates frequently with composers Evan Judson and Aaron Lieberman and has premiered many of their works, featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. Most recently, Daniel has commissioned three new works by Oberlin Composers for Cello Trio, Quartet, and Quintet, premiered at The Musikos Collective's Inagural Concert: "Polyhymnia."
While performance has given Daniel his passion for music, he also is excited to be pursuing a career in Arts Administration. During his time with the International Cello Institute, he developed "IConnect," a educational program aimed to create a more positive environment around practicing within music and is currently on the Marketing team for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in NYC.
In Ohio, Daniel is an assistant at the Oberlin Community Music School and works within the Conservatory Audio Team, recording and streaming concerts for the world to see. Daniel is currently studying at Oberlin Conservatory and College, pursuing a BA in Cello Performance with Dmitry Kouzov, and an IM in Arts Administration with New Music.