Daniel Doña

Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature, Violadldona@bu.edu

Room 422, 855 Commonwealth Avenue

daniel dona_ headshot_2011AB Philosophy, University of Chicago; MM University of Oklahoma; Performance Diploma and DMA, Boston University. Studies with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell, Edward Gazouleas, Matthew Dane, and Felicia Moye.

Daniel Doña, violist, has distinguished himself as an active performer and pedagogue. Dr. Doña is on the faculty of Boston University, where he serves as Assistant Chair of the String Department, Coordinator of String Chamber Music, and Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature. He has presented guest masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, Northwestern University Music Academy, Vianden International Music Festival, and Miami University. Daniel has collaborated with Tony Arnold, Andres Diaz, Barry Shiffman, and Gilad Karni, and his performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and WCLV. Dr. Doña is violist of the prizewinning Arneis Quartet.

Daniel pursues interdisciplinary projects with a passion; as a member of the Banff Festival Quartet he performed in collaboration with dancers, presenting Hans van Manenʼs Grosse Fuge and a world premiere of Heather Myersʼs Dedications. He has coached with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Brentano, Emerson, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as Donald Weilerstein, Henk Guittart, Raphael Hillyer, Leonard Matczynski, and Alasdair Tait. Daniel has also had the opportunity to play in solo masterclasses for such violists as Kim Kashkashian, Karen Tuttle, Martha Strongin Katz, Roberto Diaz and Roger Tapping. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Aaron Travers and Orianna Webb. He has attended programs at the Banff Centre, Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Deer Valley Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Vianden Music Festival and ENCORE School for Strings.

Dr. Doña received his AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the inaugural David Fulton Award for excellence in instrumental performance.  He received his MM in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Matthew Dane (viola) and Felicia Moye (violin). At Boston University he studied with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell and Edward Gazouleas. He received his PD and DMA from BU and was a two-time recipient of the String Department Award.