Cellist Daniel Hoppe is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has appeared as a soloist with the Carleton College Symphony Orchestra and the University of Kentucky Philharmonia as well as performing with the Lexington Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and as assistant principal cello with the Lexington Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Daniel is a former member of the Verdi String Quartet in residence at the University of Kentucky and a founding member of the Lexington String Trio. He has also been a featured artist in music festivals around the world. These include Festival de Paques, Astona International, the Manchester Chamber Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Foulger International Music Festival. Currently he performs with the Glen Piano Trio and the Tawa String Quartet which can be heard in concerts throughout the Chicago area.
Daniel is also an exceptional teacher. Trained by master pedagogue Tanya Carey, he focuses on breaking down complex technical and musical ideas into a sequence of easy to master steps. This approach is an outgrowth of his extensive experience with the Suzuki Method and is reflected in his doctoral research on intonation and his book The Little Vibrato Book. Daniel has successfully introduced the cello to students ranging from 3 years old to retirement. He has served as a faculty member at Centre College and as a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky. Along with maintaining a teaching studio at his home on the northside of Chicago, Daniel is a teaching artist at the Chicago Center for Music Education and at the Northside Catholic Academy.
As both a teacher and a performer, Daniel focuses on sharing his infectious joy of music with the community. He regularly gives concerts in hospitals, retirement homes, churches, and schools as well as less conventional venues such as bars, parks, and street corners. In collaboration with the Lexington Shamballah Center, Daniel presented innovative programs, such as Breathing Together with Bach, which reimagine the relationship between audience and performer. In 2014, he debuted Cello Story Time; an interactive program that combines original stories with traditional classical music. Since then, he has performed it at numerous schools and libraries and at the Boston Children’s Museum.
Daniel is an avid collaborator. He frequently works with contemporary composers to premiere new works, and has performed with groups such as ‘The Fifth Floor Collective’ and Fifth House Ensemble. Equally comfortably with alternative styles, Daniel performs as part of folk and jazz ensembles including the Helios Quartet. He is also passionate about bridging artistic forms. He has performed in connection with dancers, actors, poets and visual artists.
Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, a Masters degree from the Boston Conservatory, and a Doctorate in cello performance from the University of Kentucky. His principal teachers include Benjamin Karp, Andrew Mark, Tanya Carey, Thomas Rosenberg, Richard Hirschl and David Hoppe. In addition, he studied conducting with Maestro John Nardolillo, and conducts the Chicago Center for Music Education’s reading orchestra.