Dan Honaker


Hometown: Grove City, OH

Alma maters: San Francisco Conservatory, M.M.; Baldwin Wallace University, B.M.

Photos by Matt Dine


When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? After hearing a performance of Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande by the Cleveland Orchestra

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? I think concerts in the 21st century should be shorter in length than traditional symphony concerts, also including a great variety of music with an emphasis on the music of living composers.

Who is your biggest inspiration? LeBron James

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? J.S. Bach, the Baroque period. Ironic?

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Another? I am still trying to play this one.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Probably cooking, brewing beer, or making coffee. Something that I can continuously improve upon and give it a bit of my own personality.

What is your favorite place you’ve travelled to and why? Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The food!!

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Have fun!