An Archive of videos from my past performances, including my solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, and a collection of my own commissions and premieres! 

Upcoming Performances

Mar 16

Orson Abram Recital
The Birenbaum

Orson Abram's Degree Recital will feature the North American premiere of Ben Nobuto's Serenity 2.0 for String Quartet, Percussion, and Electronics! 

This premiere will be performed by The Eris Quartet, Orson, and Backing Track.

Mar 5

The Heaventree of Stars 
Warner Concert Hall 

The Heaventree of Stars is the feature concert of Musikos’ 2023 Spring Season. This concert will feature over 30 student performers and the world premiere of a work by Cashel Day-Lewis for String Sextet, Harpsichord, and Narrator.

Drew Dansby and Jasper de Boor will be soloing with The Musikos Chamber Orchestra in Schnittke’s Concert Grosso No. 1 for Two Violins and we cannot wait!

Gabriella Smith “The Heaventree of Stars Hung with Humid Nightblue Fruit” for Solo Guitar, with Contact Improv

Cashel Day-Lewis “You Will Not Mind” for String Sextet, Harpsichord, and Narrator

Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Violins, Chamber Orchestra, and Prepared Piano

Feb 24

The Ἔrιs Quartet
Kendal at Oberlin

This program is a part of the Eris Quartet’s 2023 spring tour, which centers around their program “Paintings, Songs, and Dances,” a presentation of contemporary string quartet repertoire through the lens of interdisciplinary performance. “Paintings, Songs, and Dances” highlights major string quartet works of the 21st century from composers Shulamit Ran, Reena Esmail, and Jessie Montgomery as well as Haydn’s classic Emperor Quartet. 

Feb 22

Oberlin CME
Warner Concert Hall 

The Contemporary Music Ensemble will be performing in Warner Concert Hall. CME features Oberlin Conservatory musicians playing exciting new pieces by a wide range of contemporary and 20th-century composers.

I will be playing in Kyle Rivera's Dream Evanescence for Pierott Ensemble, conducted by Ross Karre

Past Performances

Feb 12

Hypersuite in Eb - 
Junior Degree Recital 
Kulas Recital Hall

My Junior Recital is titled "Hypersuite in Eb Major" and features Bach's Fourth Suite for Cello interspersed with 5 contemporary pieces by Witold Lutoslawski, Laura Kaminsky, George Crumb, Paul Hindemith, and Nicole Lizée! 

Feb 11

Everything AND The Kitchen Sink - The Musikos Collective 
Kulas Recital Hall

The Musikos|Μουσικός Collective is a student-led organization on campus aiming to present engaging performances exploring interdisciplinary practices in new and diverse spaces. The first concert of their Spring 2023 season tries to explore each small facet of Oberlin's musical community: Percussion, TIMARA, Early Music, New Music, Vocal Performance, and Composition! Come for a fun hour of music, community, and... kitchen sinks! 

Dec 10

Oberlin Sound Painting 
Slow Train Cafe

The Musikos Collective is a student-founded musical collective aiming to present engaging collaborative performances throughout Oberlin Conservatory, College, and Community. Their next concert will be at The Slow Train Cafe in Downtown Oberlin and will feature the incredible musical landscapes of Soundpainting!

"Soundpainting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. In 2022, the language comprises more than 1500 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974 ( 

Oberlin's Soundpainting ensemble is directed by Oberlin Faculty, Drew Pattison, and Sunday's performance will feature cello, trumpet, electric guitar, bassoon, saxophone, piano, voice, and flute.

Dec  8

Advanced String Quartet Seminar 
Kulas Recital Hall

Oberlin's Advanced String Quartet Seminar is coached and directed by Sibbi Bernhardsson (The Pacifica Quartet), Kirsten Docter (The Cavanni Quartet), and The Verona Quartet

This concert will feature: 

The Poesis Quartet performing Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 5

The Eris Quartet performance Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2

A performance of Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 1

Dec 2

Oberlin Orchestra 
Carnegie Hall, NYC

Oberlin student musicians will take to the stage of New York City’s Carnegie Hall in December for a closed concert before the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Oberlin Orchestra and Oberlin College Choir, joined by performers representing the conservatory ensembles Musical Union and Oberlin Gospel Choir, as well as musicians of the United Nations, will share the stage of Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium. The concert, held in conjunction with the U.N.’s 77th General Assembly, bears the title “A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.” It features works spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries: Adolphus Hailstork’s vivacious curtain-raiser Fanfare on "Amazing Grace;" Sergei Rachmaninoff’s peerlessly popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s groundbreaking Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, commonly known as the “Choral Symphony.”

Oct  29

The Musikos Collective OKTO|OCTΩ 
Kulas Recital Hall

The Musikos|Μουσικός Collective is a student-founded musical collective aiming to present engaging collaborative performances exploring interdisciplinary practices in new and diverse spaces. The first concert in their 2022/23 Season features 24 student musicians from Oberlin playing three string octets.

This diverse collection of works will include the world premiere of Oberlin composition student Sasha Paris-Carter's "WALLS, NAILS, FACE", Dmitry Shostakovich's Two Pieces for Octet, and Felix Mendelssohn's String Octet. 

Oct 13

Oberlin Orchestra 
Finney Chapel

A performance by the Oberlin Orchestra with Oberlin's vocal ensembles, Gospel Choir, Musical Union, and Oberlin College Choir, featuring the oratorio The Ordering of Moses by Oberlin alumnus R. Nathaniel Dett (1908).

Dett was the first Black double major graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music in piano and composition as well as Phi Beta Kappa honors. Dett was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Oberlin College in 1926.

This performance also features the vocal soloists faculty soprano Mathilda Edge, guest mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann, alumnus tenor Limmie Pulliam '98, and faculty baritone Timothy LeFebvre.

Performance conducted by Raphael Jiménez.
Vocal ensembles preparation by Greg Ristow and Ben Johns

Oct  9

The Eris Quartet 
Kendal at Oberlin

The Eris Quartet will be performing a vast array of repertoire at Kendal, including works by J.S. Bach, Eugene Ysaye, Laura Kaminsky,  Reena Esmail, and Benjamin Britten. 

This performance is presented through The Musikos Collective and made possible by The Oberlin Advanced String Quartet Seminar.

Aug 8

Meadowmount School of Music
Edward Lee Concert Hall

       The Meadowmount School of Music is a landmark center of music in Westport, NY having hosted up to 200 students per summer in high intensive studies with world class faculty and guest artists. 

       In their last week of performances, Daniel will be opening on Monday Night with Laura Kaminsky's The Great Unconformity. The work was written for Rhonda Rider and Daniel as been preparing it at Meadowmount in the studio of Julia Lichten.

June 11

The Cello Seminar at
Music from Salem
Apple Hill Concert Barn

      The Cello Seminar at Music From Salem is a week long intensive focused on contemporary music for solo cello and cello chamber music. For his 3rd year of attendance, Daniel will be performing Laura Kaminsky's The Great Unconformity as well as Erkki-Sven Tüür's Dedication for Cello and Piano. 

June 12

The Cello Seminar
Hubbard Hall, NY

          The Cello Seminar at Music From Salem is a week long intensive focused on contemporary music for solo cello and cello chamber music. 

          The final concert of the series will take place at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York! Alongside other exciting solo cello works, Daniel will be performing Sage Bond's Unearthed, Michael Begay's Four Coyotes, and the world premiere of Nick Politi's Cello Quintet: Periphery.

May 22

Musikos Collective Presents:
The Singing Crows
First United Methodist Church

        Violinists Amina Knapp and Max Ball, Violist Felix Veser, and Cellist Daniel Knapp come together for a performance spanning between the 14th and 20th century. Bach, Gesualdo, and Woodworks comprise a set of traditional hymns, madrigals, and folk tunes that will be paired with György Ligeti's enormous String Quartet No. 1, "Metamorphosis Nocturnes" 

May 15

Sacred Heart Concert Series
Pantomime and Songs from the Valley 

        As a celebration of the hard work during their second year at Oberlin, Daniel and his twin sister Amina will be performing the grand culmination of their Jury repertoire alongside the world premiere of Evan Judson's new duos for Violin and Cello: "Pantomime" and "Pas de Deux." 

        This concert will be presented as a proud collaboration between The Musikos Collective and The Sacred Heart Chamber Music Series at Oberlin Conservatory. 

Apr 24

Musikos Collective Presents: "Polyhymnia"
First United Methodist

          Finishing off the 2022 Spring Semester, cellists from the studio of Dmitry Kouzov will be performing together at the Oberlin Cello Ensemble! 

          This performance will feature the premiere of two new cello ensemble works: Aaron Lieberman's Four Verses of Shenandoah and Sam Friedman's Wastelands for Cello Quintet, alongside the amazing George Crumb Cello Sonata performed by Professor Dmitry Kouzov. 

        Finishing off the performance will be a grand presentation on Klengel's Hymnus für 12 Celli, performed by the studio of Dmitry Kouzov. 

Dec 19

Daniel and Amina Knapp 20th Birthday Recital
Peters Hall

         Daniel and Amina Knapp will be performing a chamber music filled program in celebration of their 20th Birthdays! In the gorgeous Peters Hall on Oberlin Campus, this performance will feature Daniel's Quartet alongside Amina's Quartet: The Orb Quartet. 

        The program will feature selections from Alberto Ginastera's String Quartet No. 1, Caroline Shaw's Entr'acte, and Dvorak's American String Quartet. To finish off the performance Daniel and Amina will perform the entirety of Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello.

Dec 5th

Sacred Heart Concert Series
"Chillin with Contemporary Composers"

           The Sacred Heart Concert Series is a Chamber Music program run through Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin OH. In this performance, Daniel will perform alongside the Orb Quartet and violinist Jake Berran to come together for a program exclusively by living composers. 

         Three of these composers are Oberlin students—Cashel Day-Lewis, Aaron Lieberman, and Johnum Palado—as their works explore the unique timbres of strings and the organ.

June 12

Knapp Trio at Mount Zion Temple

        Coming out of the wave of the Delta Variant, Daniel, Amina, and David Knapp performed a program at Mount Zion Temple!

          Program will include Bach's Violin Partita No. 2, an arrangement of The Danish String Quartet's Woodworks, a work for solo cello by Reena Esmail titled "Varsha", and finally, the spectacular Duo for Violin and Cello Erwin Schulhoff

Jan 24

Daniel and Amina Knapp Winter Recital
South Hall

Amina and I will be performing a Winter Recital to celebrate the beginning of 2021! This streamed recital will include a premiere of a new duo for Violin and Cello by Bard composer Samuel Mutter, as well as the Bach Violin Sonata No. 1, Villa Lobos String Trio, and the entire Britten Cello Suite No. 1!

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