Chilean born violist, Daniel Lamas leads a versatile career as a performer and pedagogue. Lamas made his solo debut at the age of 16 and has since appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal worldwide.
As the former (and founding) principal violist of the Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia, Daniel’s international solo debut was met with much acclaim. Other orchestral positions include former principal violist of the Musik Landschaft Westfalen Philharmonie in Germany, Penderecki Academy Orchestra in Poland, and various ensembles in NYC, Paris, and South Florida. Currently, Daniel serves as Principal violist for Amit Peled’s Mount Vernon Virtuosi and for the Association of Dominican classical artists, an organization that specializes in presenting music from Latin America.
Looking to expand the repertoire of the viola and push the instrument beyond its limits, Daniel has premiered a multitude of chamber and solo works by living composers in the US, Chile, Poland, and France. Recently Daniel premiered a viola concerto by Derek Cooper (2016) based on a Chilean folktale as well as commissioned pieces by prominent Chilean composers in Carnegie hall, bringing indigenous Chilean music and culture to the world stage.
A passionate and dedicated pedagogue, Daniel has worked with undergraduate students from Florida International University, the Krakow Conservatory, Austral University of Chile, pre-college students from the Juilliard School’s MAP program, and public school students grades K-12.
Daniel studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire.