Daniel Sweaney made his New York debut in Avery Fisher Hall at the 1999 Mostly Mozart Festival performing with world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. “..extremely talented and highly trained...poised and accomplished...” said Strings Magazine. Daniel Sweaney began his musical studies at age eleven and has since had a diverse education in the United States and Europe.
Daniel Sweaney has won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Down Beat Magazine Chamber Music Competition, was a two time recipient of the Interlochen Arts Academy Fine Arts Award for Outstanding Performance in Viola, and was the recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant. Dr. Sweaney is currently Assistant Professor of viola at the University of Alabama.
Daniel Sweaney has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Ron Leonard, Merry Peckham, and Peter Sellers. While living in Austria, he performed regularly with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger Norrington, Leonidas Kavakos, Walter Weller, Heinrich Schiff, and Anne Sophie Mutter. Recent venue and festival performances include the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, KKL Lucerne, Singapore Arts Festival, The Best of the Nordrhein-Westfalen series, The Beethoven House in Bonn, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. In 2007 Daniel Sweaney was heard with the Signum String Quartet on a live broadcast by West German Radio.
Daniel Sweaney studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and the University of Colorado, Boulder. His major teachers include Heidi Castleman, Thomas Riebl, Martha Strongin-Katz and Erika Eckert.
Daniel Sweaney joins the faculty of the Orford Arts Centre summer academy for a fourth season.