“I wanted to have a live picture of the history of the residents here. I’m interested in understanding changes they’ve seen culturally and technologically,” he explains. In turn, the residents enjoy hearing about Daniel’s numerous recitals at the morning coffee hour.
“It’s great having my own space after rooming with 12 guys as an undergraduate,” he laughs. “Plus, I have two magnificent pianos to practice on right here at the Manor. I’ve discovered I like to cook, and if ever I get lonely for some company, I just come down to the lobby to socialize-everyone is so warm and embracing,” he adds.
Daniel began studying piano at the age of 10 in his hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Nine years later, he was invited to premier a new Boston grand piano model at the Steinway & Sons’ U.S. Dealer’s Convention in Chicago. There’s been no stopping him since then. “I like to think of myself as a well-rounded musician,” he says. For example, Daniel has performed with accomplished baritone Richard Zeller, in master classes for Norman Krieger, as well as more light-hearted fare with the Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble and the Men’s Glee Club.”Here in Cleveland it’s been great playing with the Classical Revolution in non-traditional venues like the Happy Dog in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood,” he explains. He also enjoys improvising on Irish melodies and playing folk tunes with fellow artist-in-residence, violinist Molly Wurtz.
This summer, Daniel is participating in a summer festival at Kent State University, collaborating with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Looking to the future, he hopes to begin working on his doctorate immediately upon graduating from CIM. “Then, I would like to find a teaching position, have a steady and full concert schedule, performing with teaching colleagues and students,” he explains. “But for now, I enjoy my commute to CIM on foot from Judson Manor. Walking along the lagoon and through the sculpture garden in front of the Cleveland Art Museum-it doesn’t get much better than that for musical inspiration,” he smiles.
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