Chamber Olympic Artist 2019

Daniel Lucas | cello


Daniel Lucas, age 24, is a musician based in Hawaii with a wild diversity in skills, talents, and accolades. In 2012, Daniel (age 17) won the Kamuela Philharmonic’s first Concerto Competition with the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1. Since then, he went on to receive his bachelors from the University of Hawaii-Manoa and masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has studied with some of Hawaii’s best: Nancy Masaki and Dr. I-bei Lin and continued to study under world-class cellist, Parry Karp. During his undergrad, Daniel has expanded his limits by performing over a dozen ensembles per semester, such as multiple chamber groups, contemporary music, student-composer pieces, and orchestra. In his final semester, he held three recitals: his senior recital, his composition recital featuring his works, and his composer-cellist recital of works written for him. During his graduate years, Daniel broadened his memory and skills, having performed recitals entirely made up of solo works and concerti memorized.

Daniel is also a serious composer and has studied with local composers: Dr. Donald Womack, Dr. Takuma Itoh, Dr. Thomas Osborne, and Dr. Michael Foumai. He recently studied under the famous opera composer Daron Hagen. He continues to strengthen his understanding of music construction as well as producing music effectively and efficiently. In his final semester of undergrad, Daniel rapidly produced over a dozen new pieces for chamber, orchestra, electronics, band, choir, and solo.

Daniel is also the co-founder of HCMF. Alongside his musical and nonprofit commitments, Daniel has excelled in web design, marketing, and entrepreneurship to which he has been using to boost local businesses in Hawaii.