Daniel Scoggins is a New York City-based cellist who has enjoyed bringing music to a diverse array of audiences and performance spaces in his young career, performing as a soloist and orchestral musician in locations ranging from farmhouses in rural New Hampshire to illustrious auditoriums such as Carnegie Hall and the New World Center in Miami. In February 2022, Daniel appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan School of Music orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, performing Benjamin Lee’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra.
As an orchestral musician, Daniel has performed under renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson-Thomas, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin and Timothy Weiss. In the summer of 2021 Daniel sat as principal cellist of the National Orchestral Institute+Fellowship philharmonic conducted by Marin Alsop for a special NOI+F performance at the Wolf Trap National Center for the Performing Arts.
As a young musician growing up in Portland, Oregon, Daniel was drawn to the versatility of chamber music and continues to seek out new and unconventional ways to make genre-breaking music in small ensembles. Daniel’s piano quartet was named a two-time winner of the Manhattan School of Music’s Fuchs competition, and previously his string quartet was selected as a member of Oberlin’s Advanced String Quartet Seminar. Daniel has also had the privilege to perform unconventional repertoire with members of groundbreaking contemporary ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird and A Far Cry, and has been mentored closely by members of the Cavani, Pacifica, American, and Brentano Quartets.
In addition to being a two-time fellow of the National Orchestral Institute, Daniel spent multiple summers studying with Hans Jørgen Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music, and has attended numerous other summer festivals including the Orford Academy of Music, the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Workshop, and the Domaine Forget Summer Masterclass Program.
Daniel holds a Master’s degree in cello performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Julia Lichten, as well as a B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Darrett Adkins. He previously studied with Marilyn de Oliveira and Dorien de León in Portland, OR.
In his free time Daniel enjoys running, playing pickup soccer in NYC’s Riverside Park, and is constantly trying to make a perfect cup of coffee in the morning