Born in Havana, Cuba, Daniel started playing the piano at the Conservatorio Alejandro Garcia Caturla (Cuba) at the age of 7. His education then continued at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan (Cuba) and the Escola Professional de Musica de Espinho (Portugal).
He has participated in more than 15 international piano competitions, including winning first prize in the fourth Concurso Iberoamericano de Piano, Cuba; second prize in the inaugural Concurso Internacional de Piano de Maracaibo, Venezuela; second prize in the 19th Ibiza International Piano Competition, Spain; first prize in the Maria Clara Cullell International Piano Competition, Costa Rica; second prize in the Santa Cecilia International Piano Competition, Portugal; and first prize in the Jovens Musicos Piano Competition, Portugal.
Daniel made his orchestra debut at the age of 13, performing Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Cuban Symphonic Orchestra. Since then he has frequently performed with different orchestras in Cuba and Portugal. He also had the chance to play in the most prestigious Concert Hall in Portugal, the Gulbenkian Foundation, where he played Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) with the Gulbenkian Orchestra as a reward of the first prize he obtained in the Jovens Musicos Piano Competition. In addition, he won the Concerto Competition Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, allowing him to perform with the RCS Orchestra.
He graduated from the Escola Professional de Musica de Espinho (Portugal) in 2014 with the maximum grade and was invited to perform with the Orquestra Classica de Espinho as a result. In 2013, he was also invited by the world-renowned professor Solomon Mikowsky, professor at the Manhattan School of Music, to perform in the Piano Festival he annually organizes in Havana.
In 2017, he was invited to be soloist with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sian Edwards. 2018 saw him winning the special prize Prix Region Ile de France at the Piano Campus International Piano Competition.
Today, Daniel is in his second year of the Masters in Music Performance course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Aaron Shorr, Petras Geniusas and Graeme McNaught. He is kindly supported by the Drake Calleja Trust and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Having been selected for a Musicians’ Company concert, he will give a shared recital at a London venue during the 2021/22 season.
Award: Musicians’ Company Concerts 2020
Page updated 18 December 2020