Having received his Associate Diploma (AMusA) at the age of 15, Daniel Chiou has since remained an avid musician in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Daniel recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Queensland where he was a prize winner of several competitions, including the Richard Pollett Memorial Strings Prize (2018 and 2019), Sleath String Performance Prize (2019) and the 4MBS Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize (2018). He has also performed with various orchestras and programs during his undergraduate studies including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Bangalow Music Festival, and the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in China.
In 2019, Daniel formed the Islay Trio along with Rollin Zhao and Caleb Salizzo, and as an ensemble, received mentorship from the Tinalley String Quartet and participated in the Southern Cross Soloists’ Next Gen Program. He was also a founding member of the Archer String Quartet and in 2020, performed at the Castlemaine Music Festival and on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. They also received mentorship by members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Daniel appeared in concert at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre twice last year, performing both for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall with Caleb Salizzo, and for Southern Cross Soloists’ ‘SXS Returns’ as guest cellist. He was also fortunate to have been able to perform for Johannes Moser, Li Wei Qin, Umberto Clerici and Richard Lester.
Currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Daniel looks forward to continuing his training with Howard Penny.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Peter & Annie Duncan, Kim Low, Christopher Perks & Victor Goldsztein, Peter & Jane Phillips, Pamela Whiting, Patsy Montgomery
Daniel plays a Yanbing Chen cello generously donated to ANAM by the estate of the late Dr Keith Penny
Photo by Pia Johnson