Daniel Orsen is a violist based in Boston, Massachusetts. This season, Daniel will play a series of concerts as guest solo violist of the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta in Bodø, Norway. He also frequently performs as a substitute violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and on various concert series in the Boston area.
As a chamber musician, Daniel has performed along side artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, and the Jasper String Quartet. He has also performed with many of the rising stars of his generation, including pianist Yannick Rafalimana, violinists Inmo Yang, Stephen Waarts, and William Hagen, and cellists Austin Huntington, Oliver Herbert, and Alexey Stadler. His flute-viola-harp trio, OWL riot, was selected as a 2018 NEC Honors Ensemble. Festival credits include Kryzyzowa Music, Ravinia Steeans Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Perlman Music Program.
As soloist, Daniel has performed with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and is a first prize winner of the ASTA National Solo Competition.
Daniel has a few silly arrangements and transcriptions to his name, including his “Fledermaus Fantasy” for viola and piano, a five-viola version of Weber’s “Andante et Rondo Ungarese.”
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Daniel began performing on percussion at three years of age, had a disastrous encounter with the piano at age five, and started the viola at age eight-and for some reason it stuck. He received his BM from Oberlin studying with Peter Slowik, and MM from New England Conservatory studying with Kim Kashkashian.
Daniel plays on a 2013 Philip Injeian viola and a 2014 Benoit Rolland bow, both specially made for him.