Israeli-Canadian cellist and composer Daniel Hass has won first prizes at the Stulberg International String Competition, the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize, the Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition, and the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Prize. Most recently, he was a laureate in the 2023 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, receiving the beautiful 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello of Turin, Italy.
Daniel made his solo debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at age 15. He has since performed as a soloist with orchestras across Canada, the US, and Israel, at world-class venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York, Koerner Hall in Toronto, and the Maison Symphonique in Montreal. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Krakow, and across the United States.
Daniel is a founding member of the Renaissance String Quartet , alongside violinists Randall Goosby and Jeremiah Blacklow, and violist Jameel Martin. The quartet had its debut recital in New York in April of 2023, where they premiered Daniel’s first string quartet, “Love and Levity.” A month later they went on an extensive tour of Jamaica, performing and teaching at schools across the country. At the their recital in Kingston, which took place at the University of the West Indies, the quartet raised over $25,000 for Jamaica Red Cross and the Immaculate Conception High School Orchestra. They performed a variety of classical and Jamaican compositions, including Daniel’s arrangements of “Satisfy My Soul” by Bob Marley and “Many Rivers to Cross” by Jimmy Cliff.
A sought after chamber musician in New York City, Daniel frequently performs as a guest artist with the Jupiter Chamber Players, the Omega Ensemble, and the Sejong Soloists, and since 2019 has served as the principal cellist of the Philadelphia-based orchestra Symphony In C. As a member of the avant-garde group Orlando Furioso, lead by Columbia University Scholar Vicente Hansen Atria, Daniel participates in New York City’s time-honored tradition of musical innovation.
Daniel has been featured several times on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation national radio, and on the American radio show ‘From the Top,’ performing alongside renowned musicians such as Grammy-winning composer Danny Elfman.
In addition to his love for performing, Daniel is also a prolific composer and songwriter. His compositions have been commissioned by the Glenn Gould Foundation, the Revolve Dance Project, Tribeca New Music, and the Renaissance String Quartet. He frequently works as an arranger and studio musician for singer-songwriters such as May Rio, Kelsea Blums, Clara Miller, and Lila DuPont.
Since 2017, Daniel has taught a growing number of private students, and has also taught at public schools as a member of Harmony Program, a music education non-profit organization in New York. He is a mentor of the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra since, a tuition-free music program in the State of Nevada, performing and giving masterclasses with the youth orchestra since 2018. In the realm of community outreach, Daniel performs weekly for Concerts in Motion, a non-profit organization bringing live house concerts to elderly and socially isolated individuals throughout New York City.
Daniel is an alum of the Perlman Music Program. He graduated from Juilliard in 2017 as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, and completed his Master's Degree there in 2021. There he studied with cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick, and violinists Areta Zhulla and Itzhak Perlman.
Daniel plays a 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello of Turin, Italy, on generous loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.