Instructor: Daniel Kaler
Praised by critics and listeners alike for his “warm and luminous tone” (Chicago Music Report), Daniel Kaler is recognized by many as a rising star of his generation.
Following his initial studies under Gilda Barston of the Music Institute of Chicago, Kaler continued his studies under Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen of the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and Professor Stephen Balderston of the DePaul University School of Music. Following his early graduation from New Trier High School in 2015, Kaler began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mark Kosower, Principal Cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Kaler has many prestigious awards to his credit, including being a prizewinner of the Sigma Alpha Iota Concerto Competition at the Chautauqua Festival (Chautauqua, NY), the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition where he was also awarded the 2018 Payne Fund Prize, and the North International Music Competition (London, UK). His solo engagements with orchestras for 2018-19 include performances of the Shostakovich, Walton and Saint-Saëns Concertos with the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra under conductors Timothy Muffitt, Thomas Wilkins and Ward Stare, respectively. In recent years, Kaler appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins, the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra and conductor Timothy Muffitt, the Bogotá Philharmonic and conductor Ksenia Zharko, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and conductor Grant Cooper, performing works by Walton, Shostakovich, Brahms and Saint-Saëns. Kaler has attended and given performances at solo, chamber and orchestral music programs such as the Chautauqua Music Festival (Chautauqua, NY), Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, FL), Heifetz International Music Institute (Staunton, VA), Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME), North Shore Chamber Music Festival (Northbrook, IL), Music In The Loft, Young