Dr. Daniel Hoppe

Cello Faculty (Suzuki); Musikgarten Faculty
Musikgarten Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Doctorate in Cello Performance, University of Kentucky

Master of Music in Cello Performance, Boston Conservatory

Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts, Carleton College

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Benjamin Karp, Andrew Mark, Dr. Tanya Carey, Thomas Rosenberg, Richard Hirschl, and David Hoppe

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I view my primary responsibility as a teacher to facilitate the wondrous magic of making music with my students and their families. Making music and sharing it with other people is a joyous experience. Cultivating a comfortable safe environment in the studio where mistakes are viewed as stepping stones to growth is an important aspect of this philosophy. Learning music from the inside out, is another aspect of imparting the joy of playing cello. Learning with movement and how to play easily and comfortably are important aspects of my teaching and playing.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Danny is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has appeared as a soloist with the Carleton College Symphony Orchestra and the University of Kentucky Philharmonia and has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Peoria Symphony, Northbrook Symphony, and as assistant principal cello with the Lexington Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Danny is a former member of the Verdi String Quartet in residence at the University of Kentucky and a founding member of the Lexington String Trio. He has also been a featured artist in music festivals around the world. These include Festival de Paques, Astona International, the Manchester Chamber Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Foulger International Music Festival. 

Interests outside of music: 

Capoeria, Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Yoga, Reading

Favorite quote: 

"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out." - James Bryant Conant

Favorite practice tip: 

Think twice, play once