Hailed as an "Exemplary Leader" by the New York Times for leading members of New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues in over 50 countries. He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions and soloed with orchestras around the world.
Daniel Andai was concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded multiple Billboard rated SONY Classical CD’s. He has guest conducted, performed as soloist, and held the concertmaster position with the Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) since 2010. He has appeared as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of New York Philharmonic and Miyazaki Festival Orchestra (Japan), and worked closely with members of major string quartets, symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras from around the world.
As an educator, he brings a multifaceted style of teaching, suited for students of all ages and competencies. He connects with students by harnessing critical thinking, passion, and energy, to inspire skillful artistry. The greatest impact to his students is found in the creative interlacing between technique and self-confidence. By facilitating his students’ creative development, he believes they can find ways to transfer skills between a music career or to an array of other workforce areas to help them best serve their communities.
Dr. Daniel Andai is Dean of the Music Division at New World School of the Arts (Miami, Florida) where he is the Chief Academic Officer, responsible for operating a music partnership between Miami Dade College, University of Florida, and Miami Dade County Public Schools. He is Artistic Director of Killington Music Festival (Killington, Vermont), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Alhambra Orchestra in Miami. Previously, he served as violin professor and Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts at University of Texas in Edinburg and served on faculties at Miami-Dade College and New World School of the Arts, in addition to over 30 summer music festivals. During this time, he has worked some of the world’s greatest classical and pop artists.
He has served on boards and advisory boards, been invited to serve as a panelist for Jeb and Columba Bush's Arts4Life organization and has performed for numerous world dignitaries, including Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump, Lech Walesa, Al Gore, Benjamin Netanyahu, among others. He has performed with countless recognized artists in the pop and classical fields.
Daniel Andai is an alumnus of University of Miami (DMA), Manhattan School of Music (PS & MM), Lynn University (BM), New World School of the Arts (HS), Miami Dade College and Killington Music Festival.