Daniel Orsen is a violist of interpretive depth, sincerity, and a true, burnished viola sound. The 2019-2020 season will lead with a performance of the Gubaidulina viola concerto with the Eureka Ensemble, an east coast tour of the Weinburg Piano Quintet in memory of the composer’s 100th birthday, and the inaugural season of Jamaica Plain Chamber Music, of which Daniel is the founder and artistic director.
As a chamber musician, Daniel has performed alongside luminaries such as Itzhak Perlman, Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Frans Helmerson, Merry Peckham and the Jasper String Quartet, and with many of the rising stars of his generation. Daniel collaborates frequently with violinist Brandon Garbot as the Orsen-Garbot duo. His flute-viola-harp trio, OWL riot, was selected as a 2018 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble. Festival credits include the Verbier Festival Academy, Kryzyzowa Music, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove, and the Perlman Music Program.
Daniel is the founder and artistic director of Jamaica Plain Chamber Music, a concert series in the jewel of a community that is Boston’s Jamaica Plain, designed to bring together the local chamber music talent in concerts for neighbors and educational programs in Jamaica Plain schools.
Daniel is also member of Fermata, an artist roster in Boston committed to presenting chamber music in non-traditional spaces, and Artistic Director of Fermata’s Original Chaplin — a project to commission and perform contemporary scores by young composers for Charlie Chaplin short films with a Sinfonietta orchestration.
Daniel has performed as a soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. Additionally, Daniel is a first prize winner of the ASTA National Solo Competition.
This past season Daniel played a series of concerts as guest solo violist of the Arctic Philharmonic Sinfonietta in Bodø, Norway. He also performs frequently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In the tradition of his violist forefathers, Daniel has created a few silly arrangements and transcriptions, the silliest and most notable being his “Fledermaus Fantasy” for viola and piano and a five-viola version of Weber’s “Andante et Rondo Ungarese.”
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Daniel was taught and mentored by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Credo, and the Perlman Music Program before his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Slowik and the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian. Daniel plays on a 2013 Philip Injeian viola and a 2014 Benoit Rolland bow, both specially made for him.