daniel dickson, cello
Praised for his lush sound and masterful artistry, Daniel Dickson has performed extensively around the world. He has toured through places including Russia, China, South America, and home around the states. A native of California, Mr. Dickson was born in Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood days. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Washington state, where he first experience his musical education with private piano lessons. Daniel has six sisters and three brothers, all of whom experienced private music instruction as well as being home schooled throughout high school. Daniel's private instruction included lessons with pianist Joanna Hodges and cellist Nancy Ives. At age 16, Daniel won the University concerto competition his freshman year, playing Grieg's piano concerto in a minor, and returning the next year to win again, this time playing Dvorak's cello concerto in b minor. In 2010, the Dickson String Quartet was honored in the 223rd session of the Congress, recognized for their excellence in music and dedication to impacting their community.
Daniel competed the following years in various competitions, winning regional and nation competitions, soloing with orchestras, and performing solo recitals in the St. Louis area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double bachelors in cello and piano performance, Daniel was accepted to Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where he studies cello with Mike Reynolds, cellist of the Muir String Quartet.
While completing his graduate studies, Daniel maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral music, and teacher. He is a member of the Theia piano trio, a group dedicated to bringing fresh and exciting pizazz to classical music. The trio is ensemble in residence at Hancock Church in Lexington, and maintains a full performance schedule around the nation. Daniel is also a member of the DeNovo String Quartet, a group dedicated to bringing the excitement of classical music to the younger generation. The quartet will play on numerous educational performances, as well as other recitals in the greater New England area this year.