2016 AFSF recepient.

Praised by critics and listeners alike for his warm, luminous sound, expressive phrasing and effortless technique, Daniel Kaler is recognized by many as the rising star of his generation.

Daniel studied under Professor Hans Jorgen Jensen of the Northwestern University Beinen School of Music for the previous 10 years. Following his early graduation from the New Trier high School, Daniel began his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Professor Mark Kosower, a principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Daniel Kaler has many prestigious National awards to his credit. His solo engagements with orchestras for 2015 include performances of the Brahms Double Concerto in collaboration with Ilya Kaler and the National Orchestra of Bogota, Colombia under the direction of the Russian conductor Ksenia Zharko, performance of Don Quixote by Richard Strauss with the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Allan Dennis, as well as the solo engagement with the Ars Viva! orchestra under the direction of Alan Heatherington in collaboration with Ilya Kaler and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler.

In recent years Daniel appeared as a soloist with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Allan Dennis, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Grant Cooper, the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Black, the Northport Symphony Orchestra in Northport, Florida under the direction of Sasha von Dassow, the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri and with the Music Institute of Chicago Academy Orchestra in Ravinia, IL under the direction of James Setapen, presenting works by Dvorak, Saint Saens, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Kabalevsky, Popper and Faure. Kaler appeared as the guest artist in recital and chamber music programs at The Heifetz Institute, the DePaul University School of Music Faculty Recital series, The Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Player’s Theatre of Sarasota, Stars of Tomorrow concert series, the Northbrook Chamber Music Festival, the Music In The Loft, the Young Steinway Concert Series, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Harris Theatre and the Millennium Park.