A violist originally from Brisbane, Queensland, Daniel You is currently undertaking his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying under Caroline Henbest. He is passionate about exploring the traditions of music of the past, and the possibilities in taking musical expression into new directions.
Daniel completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2021, guided by Elizabeth Morgan AM and the broader faculty of the Conservatorium, including Michele Walsh, György Deri, Paul Dean, and Peter Luff. During his degree, a cherished highlight is performing the Bruch Double Concerto alongside dear friend and colleague Simon Redshaw and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Fritszch in 2021.
During his first year at ANAM in 2022, Daniel has enjoyed working alongside professional artists including (but not limited to) British violist Laurence Power, Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO) Timo-Veikko Valve, Australian conductor and keyboardist Erin Helyard; and orchestras such as Victorian Opera, performing Strauss’ Elektra.
An avid chamber musician, Daniel has enjoyed performing with various combinations of instruments, while more recently delving into and exploring traditional formats of the string quartet. He has frequently performed in a clarinet trio alongside Simon Redshaw and Reuben Johnson, presenting music ranging from Beethoven’s Piano Trio no. 1 (arranged for clarinet, viola and piano), the “fast, [and] vigorous” Night Window by Brett Dean, and a premiere of a newly commissioned work by Australian composer, Frankie Dyson Reilly.
Orchestrally, Daniel was Principal Viola in the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra (2017-19), touring China and Germany in 2017. He was also appointed Principal Viola of the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions.
Daniel plays on a viola made in 2021 by Kae Sato-Goodsell, named “Jayu” (“freedom”).
FROM: Brisbane, QLD. Lands of the Jagera/Turrbal peoples.
Daniel's training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Barry and Joan Miskin, Elise Callander, Helen Ballantyne and Milton Robinson, Igor Zambelli, Frank Van Straten AM and Adrian Turley, Michael & Lizanne Goodwin
Photo credit Pia Johnson