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Daniel Dorsey

2022 Cello

Daniel Dorsey, age 19, began his music studies in Tampa, Florida where he first studied the piano at age 5, then the cello at age 9. In 2015, Daniel began studying with his former teachers, Dr. Sarah Kim and Professor Alan Rafferty, directors of Cincinnati Young Artists. He became a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic in 2017 and earned co-principal during the 2019-2020 season. Additionally, Daniel earned principal seat for Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Southwest Regional Orchestra, Fall 2018 and qualified for OMEA All-State Orchestra in 2019 and 2020. In addition to his orchestra involvement, Daniel has consecutively been selected as a fellow of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Nouveau Pre-Conservatory Program (2018 to 2020) and recipient of the CSO Norman E. Johns Chair Award. During the summer, he has been a participant of the Sphinx Performance Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. In 2019, Daniel was named winner of the David Pierson Concerto Competition, making his solo debut with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) in October of that year with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major. He was also a guest soloist in several of DPO’s Stain Glass Series concerts (2019-2020). Daniel received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and performed on NPR’s nationally broadcasted radio show From the Top in January 2021. He has performed in numerous masterclasses with renowned cellists from all over the country and is an upcoming sophomore at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studies under the co-head of the cello department, Dr. Melissa Kraut.