Danny Poceta

Cello

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Alma maters: Rice University, University of Michigan
Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2014 University of Michigan Concerto Competition
Appearances: Tanglewood Music Center, 2016–17; Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2015; Music Academy of the West, 2014
Musical origins: I started playing cello when I was 5. I wanted to play cello because I thought moving the bow on the string was kind of like sawing wood, which was apparently something I enjoyed doing.
Favorite piece to play: Britten’s Solo Cello Suites
Favorite obscure piece: Henri Dutilleux’s The Shadows of Time
Favorite musical memory: Seeing Philip Glass’ and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach on the last tour the two of them directed
Favorite non-classical musician or band: Clinton-Era Modest Mouse
Musical guilty pleasure: Elliott Smith
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Cleveland Quartet’s Beethoven: String Quartets
Proudest accomplishment: Climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan, in a day
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Rock climbing
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice while you’re young.
Time travel destination: Yosemite Valley, 1950s

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