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Daniel Sweaney

Associate Professor of Viola
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Daniel Sweaney made his New York debut in Avery Fisher Hall at the 1999 Mostly Mozart Festival.  “..extremely talented and highly trained...poised and accomplished...”  said Strings Magazine.  Mr. Sweaney began his musical studies in his public school’s string program at age eleven.  He has since had a diverse education in the United States and Europe and performed across the globe.

Daniel Sweaney has won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Down Beat Magazine Chamber Music Competition, was a two time recipient of the Interlochen Arts Academy Fine Arts Award for Outstanding Performance in Viola, and was the recipient a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant and the Elizabeth Hamner Grant.  He was a teaching assistant and a chamber music coach at The Perlman Music Program and participated in their exchange trips to Tel-Aviv and Shanghai. Mr. Sweaney has held faculty positions at the Cleveland School for the Arts, Rice University Preparatory Department, The Boulder Arts Academy, Sewanee Summer Music Center, the Interlochen Viola Institute, the North American Viola Institute at the Orford Arts Centre, the Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the University of Alabama.  He has given masterclasses at the University of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Bowling Green State University, Louisiana State University, Texas Tech University, Brandeis University, the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana Cuba, and the National Orchestra Festival.  His student’s have received fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and scholarships to the Quartet Program, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, Kent Blossom, Hot Springs, National Music Festival, and the AIMS Graz Festival.  They have been awarded the McElroy Scholarship, Most Outstanding Senior at the University of Alabama, a Narramore Fellowship, Presser Scholarship, and the Emily Searcy Rogers Scholarship.  

Mr. Sweaney has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Ani Aznavoorian, Ron Leonard, Stefan Milenkovich, Merry Peckham, and Peter Sellers.  While living in Austria, he performed regularly with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger Norrington, Leonidas Kavakos, Walter Weller, and Heinrich Schiff.  Recent venues and festivals include, Salzburg Mozarteum Grossersaal, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, KKL Lucerne, Bilbao and Madrid, Spain, Athens Megaron, Camerata Salzburg’s Beethoven and Haydn Begegnung, Vienna Festwochen, Salzburg Mozart Woche, Bergen Norway Festspiel, Schubertiad Bezau, Austria, Würzburg Mozart Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, The Best of the Nordrhein-Westfalen series, The Beethoven House in Bonn, SUNY Purchase, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Hall in Chicago.  He has recorded with the Camerata Salzburg for Universal the complete works for flute and orchestra with soloist Andrea Griminelli and works by Mozart with pianist Sebastian Knauer and violinist Daniel Hope.  His first CD Violin and Viola Duos Through the Centuries with Annette-Barbara Vogel was released in 2013.  

Daniel Sweaney studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, and the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He has participated in many summer festivals such as The Sewanee Summer Music Center, The Quartet Program, The Aspen Music Festival and School, and The International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove.  His teachers include Heidi Castleman, David Holland, Thomas Riebl, Martha Strongin-Katz, Roger Tapping, Erika Eckert, and Geraldine Walther.