Minnesota born cellist Dr. Daniel Keeler is a passionate musician, educator, and composer. Praised for his "Lush" and "Energetic" playing, Daniel has performed across the United States as a soloist, orchestral, and collaborative musician.
As an orchestral musician, his leadership roles span nearly a dozen orchestras at the community, collegiate, and professional levels. Accolades include appearances as a soloist with several orchestras around the Midwest, including concertos by Bloch, Dvorak, Haydn, Lalo, and Popper.
As an educator, Dr. Keeler teaches at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is an Orchestra Director for Mounds View Public Schools, and teaches as a private lesson instructor to students of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Additionally, he has been a guest and resident cellist for a wide variety of music festivals around the states of Minnesota and Missouri.
Dr. Keeler is a Thursday Musical Artist of Minnesota and his accolades include top prizes in the Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, the 2019 MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 22nd Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition, and the 2017 Missouri Emerging Artist Competition.
Daniel performs on a 2017 cello by Krystian Grzybacz and a bow by Eugène Sartory, and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Cello Performance and Pedagogy, University of Missouri-Columbia in Cello Performance, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Music Education. His primary teachers include Tanya Remenikova, Eli Lara, Betsy Husby, and John Madura.