Minnesota born cellist Daniel Keeler is a passionate musician, composer, and educator. Praised for his "Lush" and "Energetic" playing, Daniel has performed across the United States as a soloist, orchestral, and collaborative musician.
As a performing contemporary musician, Daniel has performed a vast array of contemporary works in various solo recitals and with groups such as the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, at the Missouri International Composers Festival, and even with the pop group Trampled by Turtles. He also held an assistantship with the University of Missouri New Music Ensemble-the leading contemporary ensemble in Central Missouri and part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.
As an orchestral musician, his leadership roles span nearly a dozen orchestras at the community, collegiate, and professional levels. Accolades include appearances as a soloist with several orchestras around the midwest, including concertos and concert pieces by Bloch, Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, and Popper.
As an educator, Daniel is an Orchestra Director for Mounds View Public Schools, and teaches as a private lesson instructor at K and S Music to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Additionally, he has been the resident cellist for several music festivals around the states of Minnesota and Missouri, including the North Shore Summer Music Experience-a festival in Duluth, Minnesota involving musicians of all ages.
Daniel has won several competitions including being Winner of the 2019 MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition, the 2019 Kenwood Concerto and Aria Competition, 2017 MTNA State Competition, and the 2017 Missouri Emerging Artist Competition. He performs with a 2017 cello by Krystian Graybacz and a Sartory bow.
In his free time Daniel enjoys hiking, canoeing, and backpacking around the United States, as well as boating excursions on the grand Lake Superior.
Daniel is currently a doctoral student in cello performance and pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in cello performance, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Music Education. His primary teachers include Tanya Remenikova, Eli Lara, Betsy Husby, and John Madura.