Daniel Chong was born in sunny Southern California where at the age of four a violin was placed in his hands. Although he originally dreamt of being an astronaut, at the age of eleven he fell under the spell of music. When he was twelve, Daniel moved to the east coast where he roamed the halls of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute, and the New England Conservatory where he eventually earned his B.M. and M.M. degrees. His pedagogues were Robert Lipsett, Victor Danchenko, Donald Weilerstein, and Kim Kashkashian. Other mentors of his include Miriam Fried, Rainer Schmidt, and György Kurtág.
Since the beginning of the Parker Quartet, Daniel has traveled all over the globe playing in a wide spectrum of venues. Some of his favorite venues include Jordan Hall, Barbés in Brooklyn, and ancient cathedrals scattered across Europe. Outside of the quartet, he enjoys being a versatile musician playing with such groups as the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), DITTO Ensemble, and attending festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
The Parker Quartet keeps Daniel incredibly busy, but in those few moments where he is liberated he chooses to ambitiously explore the world of film and all things considered music. In addition, he has a strong enthusiasm for the sport of soccer and hopes to one day attend the World Cup as a dedicated spectator.
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