Glasgow-born Daniel says simply that ‘music is my life and my ambition is to become an accomplished violinist’. Daniel currently leads both the West Dunbartonshire Schools and the West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestras and is a member of NYOS. He has set his sights on studying music at Glasgow’s, RSAMD, where he currently attends the Junior Academy.
Daniel started to learn the piano when he was six and his natural ability immediately shone through. He has continued with both piano and violin, and his playing, both private and public, gives pleasure to many people.
As Daniel progressed with his violin studies, it became apparent that he needed a professional quality instrument to realise his potential as a violinist.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award enables Daniel to buy a violin of professional standard
Since the Award
Since receiving the award, Daniel writes that he was able to buy a violin of quality which fitted his needs. His playing improved immediately, benefiting from the virtuous circle of his being inspired to practice more on a violin of such quality. When Daniel auditioned for conservatoires he was offered a place at RSAMD, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music. Daniel is now studying music at RSAMD and writes that "many of the achievements in my musical life would never have been possible without Dewar's assistance."