Daniel Smith

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YOLA at HOLA Music Instructor

Daniel Smith decided to seriously pursue a professional career in cello performance at the age of seventeen, after having spent a life-changing summer at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). He was accepted into the studio of Professor Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan, and spent four and a half years there, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. After a brief break from school, Daniel moved to Austin, Texas in 2015 to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts, studying with Professor Bion Tsang. There, he was a principal cellist of the orchestra, and soloed with it on two occasions, performing the Dvorak and Elgar cello concertos. He studied chamber music with the world-renowned Miro string quartet, participating in two of their intensive seminars on the music of Schubert and Beethoven. In addition to his teaching, future plans include the pursuit of a performance career in solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. He has always loved teaching, and is excited to nurture students’ love for the cello, as well as the expressive freedom that comes from the pursuit of its mastery.  


Steve PinedaMusic, YOLA @ HOLA