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 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 the mentorship of Rhonda Rider and Laura Sewell, Daniel quickly realized his love of new music. Daniel collaborates frequently with composers at Oberlin, NEC, BOCO, Bard, and SFCM and has commissioned and premiered over 25 new works in the last 5 years. At Oberlin, Daniel will be developing a new course through the Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement Department centered around Programming and Commissioning for the Spring 2023 Semester.
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," an educational program for young cellists. IConnect is now running in-person for its 3rd Summer in a row, in Davenport IA. Recently, Daniel has also completed internships with The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Meadowmount School of Music.
Currently, Daniel is working with The Pink Noise Agency as an Artist Management and Booking Intern and is the Executive Director of The Musikos Collective, a student-led presenting organization at Oberlin. Also at Oberlin, Daniel is an assistant to the Director of the Oberlin Community Music School and is the Student Assistant and Peer Advisor for the Oberlin Professional Development Department. He is pursuing a BM in Cello Performance with Dmitry Kouzov and an BA with an Individual Major in Arts Administration and Concert Design.