Professor in Clarinet
Bachelor of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma from
The New England Conservatory
Clarinetist Daniel McKelway was born in Hanover, New Hampshire and was raised in Davidson, North Carolina where he began playing the clarinet at the age of eight. His early teachers were Alan Ware and Thomas Cameron, principal clarinetists of the Charlotte Symphony. While a student of his principal teacher, Robert Listokin, at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Daniel won the Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the NCSA Concerto Competition, and his biggest prize, the Young Concert Artists Audition in 1984.
Daniel received both a Bachelor of Music Degree and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory where he studied with the late Harold Wright, principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony. While in Boston, Daniel won prizes at the Naumberg and Affiliate Artists Competitions, and in 1989, was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Over the years, Daniel has become one of the most sought after soloists and chamber musicians of his generation, giving highly acclaimed debuts in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Los Angeles and performing in over forty states and twelve foreign countries. He has also participated in numerous festivals including Angelfire, Blossom, Bowdoin, Bravo! Colorado, Brevard, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Foothills, Kapalua, Marlboro, New College, Newport, Prussia Cove, Taipei, Tanglewood, Vancouver and toured and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent appearances include performances with the Kandinsky Trio and the Miami String Quartet, as soloist with the New Brunswick Symphony at the University of Oklahoma. Daniel will begin performing with a new woodwind quintet, the C.O. 5, this coming year.
In 1994, Daniel began his orchestral career spending one year as principal clarinetist with the Grand Rapids Symphony before being appointed, in May 1995, by Christoph von Dohnanyi as Assistant Principal an Eb clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Daniel has served on the faculties of the Longy School in Boston, the Bowdoin Festival, Hope College (MI), the NCSA, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. While not playing clarinet, Daniel enjoys running marathons, climbing mountains, working on his 1976 Toyota Celica and sailing, and in July of 2006, Daniel and his wife, violist Lembi Veskimets, welcomed their first child, Rein Erik McKelway.