Assistant Professor, Cello
A native of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, cellist Daniel Saenz has performed throughout the United States, Central America, Japan and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a pupil of Pamela Frame and Alan Harris and later completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University as a student of Desmond Hoebig. His further studies include a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and private study with Carter Enyeart and Richard Clark. While living in Paris, he toured France extensively as a member of the acclaimed octet Les Violins Virtuouses. In 2007, he toured in Japan with his wife, coloratura soprano Yuri Maria Saenz, and recently toured the southwestern United States, Mexico and Ecuador with the Kolonneh String Quartet. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Saenz is a member of the faculty at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches applied cello and coaches chamber music. He is the founder of the annual SHSU International Cello Festival and Clinic, whose past guests have included classical and crossover artists such as Darol Anger, Mike Block, Carter Enyeart, and Louis-Marie Fardet. He has also served as a Visiting Faculty Artist at the Kansas City Cello Clinic and has performed in duo-recitals with pianist Brendan Kinsella. In addition to teaching at SHSU, Mr. Saenz also operates a private studio out of his home. His students regularly play in the Houston Youth Symphony, place in the local All-Region Orchestra, receive superior ratings at local contests, and participate in summer festivals throughout Texas and the US. Mr. Saenz's upcoming engagements include performances at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor with the SHSU Symphony Orchestra, a second tour of Mexico and Central America with the Kolonneh String Quartet, and appearances on the Aperio: Music of the Americas and The Woodlands Salon series. Additionally, Mr. Saenz is a member of the Maggini String Orchestra. He currently lives in Spring, TX with his wife Yuri and daughter Lila.