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 has recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Queensland where he has appeared in concert at the Queensland Music Festival, the UQ Concert Series and the UQ Pulse Chamber Orchestra as Principal Cello. He has also performed in orchestras in NSW, Adelaide and in China where he was invited to play alongside the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and 2019 under Dane Lam.
Daniel has had the joy of being a prize winner of several competitions during his undergraduate studies, including the Richard Pollett Memorial Strings Prize (2018 and 2019), Sleath String Performance Prize (2019) and the 4MBS Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize (2018).
Last year, Daniel appeared in concert at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre twice, performing both for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall with Caleb Salizzo, and for Southern Cross Soloists’ ‘SXS Returns’ as guest cellist.
Daniel is a member of the newly formed Islay Trio, comprising of Rollin Zhao and Caleb Salizzo. The trio performed at the Bangalow Music Festival as part of the Southern Cross Soloists Next Gen Artists Program in 2019, and were finalists of the inaugural Queensland Chamber Music Competition.
Daniel is looking forward to be returning for his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with cello maestro 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