Education and Experience

Daniel received his collegiate training at Millikin University where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Violin and Viola Performance through his studies with professors Georgia Hornbacker, Dr. Michael Luxner and Sarah Chung. He then pursued further education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in their Graduate program where he majored in Viola Performance and studied with Viola Professor Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte String Quartet. Since his move to Minneapolis, he has performed for many non-profit organizations, weddings and functions throughout the Minneapolis Metro including: the Twin Cities Film Festival, Hennepin Arts,  Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, The Musuem of Russian Art, Big Ten Women's and Men's Basketball Tournaments, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, 9 Mile Art Gallery, Jostens Inc, MEDA, GenNow Entertainment, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, Edina Realty, Minnesota Zoo, Haus of Sonder, and MN Fashion Week. Daniel enjoys cultivating environments where fellow musicians can flourish in their artistry. With his enormous catalogue of music and ability to play nearly any genre of music he will customize and tailor playlists perfect for your event.  

Daniel grew up in Evanston, IL just north of Chicago where he began his studies in violin at the age of 6. Daniel's late mother, Linda Gilbert encouraged his studies by involving him in violin group classes and instilled values that he still carries with him today. As a student at Evanston Township High School, his Symphony Orchestra conductor continued to nurture his potential and work ethic by encouraging him to become more involved musically outside of the  programs offered at the school. One of the organizations that Daniel became a member of was the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. Midwest Young Artists through the direction and vision of Dr. Allan Dennis created a community that was fun and supportive where Daniel was able to challenge himself, thrive, and develop as an artist. As an African-American, what Daniel loved most about being in the program, was that they encouraged diversity, creativity and catered to individual artists’ learning styles while working in partnership with private teachers and school music directors to help students reach their highest potential. Daniel attended various chamber music coaching and symphonic orchestra clinics while participating in outreach concerts throughout the year. It was through these programs in tandem with encouragement from family and teachers that he realized his true passions for the arts.