Born in Stirling, Daniel has always dreamed of becoming a professional musician. At 8 years old he began learning both piano and bass guitar, and went on to play in bands as well as singing with many choirs. After leaving high school he studied piano at Stevenson College Edinburgh, achieving an ABRSM Grade 8 with distinction. In 2011 he then joined the BMus (Hons) course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated with a First Class Honours.
During his time at RCS, Daniel had an opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with the BBC SSO. He joined them for their 2014 Tour of India and played concerts in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Daniel now plays with the BBC SSO as a frequent freelancer and in August 2015 was involved in their four Proms concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.
Daniel's passion is for the double bass. Through his determination and hard work he was accepted to study a Master of Music at the internationally renowned Manhattan School of Music in New York, with tuition from Tim Cobb, Principal Double Bass of the New York Philharmonic.
How the Award Helped
Although Daniel was offered a generous scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music, he was unable to cover the additional costs associated with accepting his masters place. Daniel's Dewar Award provided him with the additional funds necessary to access this opportunity, and to fully benefit from his placement at this prestigious institution.