Minnesota born cellist Daniel Keeler is a passionate musician, educator, and composer. Praised for his "Lush" and "Energetic" playing, Daniel has performed across the United States as a soloist, orchestral, and collaborative musician.
Mr. Keeler is a Thursday Musical Artist of Minnesota and his accolades include top prizes in the Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, the 2019 MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 22nd Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition, the 2017 MTNA State Competition, and the 2017 Missouri Emerging Artist Competition. He performs with a 2017 cello by Krystian Grzybacz and a bow by Eugène Sartory.
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 by Bloch, Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, and Popper.
As an educator, Daniel is the cello professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, an Orchestra Director for Mounds View Public Schools, and teaches as a private lesson instructor to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Additionally, he has been a guest and resident cellist for a wide variety of music festivals around the states of Minnesota and Missouri.
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 candidate 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.