Cellist Daniel McDonough has performed across the U.S. and abroad as a chamber musician and recitalist. He is best known as a founding member of the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet. In addition to his regular appearances with the Jupiter String Quartet, Daniel is a founding member of the innovative East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Daniel has been heard repeatedly on NPR’s Performance Today and seen on Live from Lincoln Center. He has had the privilege of collaborating with Menahem Pressler, Donald Weilerstein, Wu Han, Roger Tapping, Paul Katz, Marcus Thompson, and Jeremy Denk, among many others. He has appeared as soloist with the Asheville (NC) Symphony, the CMS of Lincoln Center, the Austin Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and is heard regularly at many of the country’s premiere summer music festivals.
A passionate teacher, Daniel has given lessons and guest masterclasses at some of the country’s leading institutions including The Peabody Institute, The Eastman School of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Boston Conservatory.
Daniel began his musical studies at the age of five in Austin, Texas. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree, with honors in chamber music and cello performance, from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s from The Juilliard School. Daniel lives in Urbana, IL with Megan Freivogel (also of the Jupiter Quartet) and their three children, Lillian, Felix, and Oliver. When he’s not playing music or parenting he loves to play tennis.