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Daria Janssen is an active cello soloist, chamber musician, piano accompanist, teacher and scholar. First Prize winner of the 1997 International Music Competition “Виртуозы -2000”
in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009 Soloist Competition winner with the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, winner of 2004 Honors Competition in a trio with Paul Jacobs and Dainius Poudjukas and a Diplomat of the 1998 International Music Competition “Concursul International de Muzica Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucharest, Romania, Daria first appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine. In 2006, she appeared in the V Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico and in 1997 she was a semi-finalist in Tchaikovsky’s Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Daria began her ‘cello and piano studies at the age of seven at the Kharkov Special Music Boarding School in Ukraine and, later, in the Preparatory Department of the Longy School of Music, where she was a principal ‘cellist of the Young Performers Chamber Orchestra, conducted by George Ogata. Daria is in her fifth year as a principal cellist of the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, working under David Hoose, William Lumkin among others. She frequently appears as guest soloist/principal cellist with the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra and is a substitute cellist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
Daria’s collaboration with pianist Paul Jacobs started in 2004 and their programs include works by contemporary composers, standard chamber music and concerto repertoire, including premieres of new works by new composers and recordings.
Daria had been collaborating with her husband, composer David C. Janssen, premiering, editing and recording his works as a cellist and pianist, as well as working together with violinists Bayla Keyes, Julia Glenn and violist Xi Yang.
Daria founded member and cellist of the Nocturne String Quartet, which had premiered David Janssen’s String Quartet No. 1.
Over the years Daria’s primary cello teachers were professors I. D. Rojavsky, L. S. Nikulina, Terry King, Thomas Kraines, Mihail Jojatu and Marc Johnson. She studied theory and harmony with Judith Ross, Richard Cornell, John Wallace and piano under L.A. Podpalnaya, Philis Asseta and Lyubov Shlain.
Daria took part in master classes with cellists Laurence Lesser, John Kaboff, Natasha Brofsky, Andrew Pearce, Kangho Lee, Joshua Gordon and Natalia Gutman.
Daria holds an Undergraduate Diploma with Distinction in Cello Performance from Longy School of Music, Bachelors of Music degree from Emerson College and Master of Music degree with Honor Award for outstanding achievement in String Performance from Boston University, currently finishing up her Doctorate in Cello Performance at the Boston University.
Daria’s recent projects include the transcription of J.S. Bach’s 2nd Violin Partita for Solo-Cello, research work on the Dvořak’s Cello Concerto and raising funds to give a grand piano to the Concert Series at the Watertown Free Public Library, which Daria started few years ago.