• Universität der Kunste (UdK), Berlin. Artists Diploma (1,2) with Prof.
Konstantin Heidrich
• Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst,
Mannheim. Cello studies with Prof. Michael Flaksman
• Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen. Exchange Program.
Cello studies with Mario de Secondi.
• California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Double Major
Violoncello and English Literature. Cello studies with Prof. David
• Hamilton High School Academy of Music. Private Lessons with
Victor Sazer


• Founding member of the Pescatori Trio (Piano Trio) 2007-2012
• National Theater, Mannheim. Cello Internship 2008-2009
• Statsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. Cello Fellowship 2008
• Member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie 2006-2010
• CSUN Symphony Orchestra. Principal Cellist 2003-2004
• CSUN Honors String Quartet. Member 2003-2004
• Topanga Symphony. Principal Cellist 1999-2003
• Palisades Symphony. Principal Cellist 1999-2003
• Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Principal Cellist 2000-2001

Recognition & Awards

• Podium Chamber Music Festival, Esslingen. Composer in

• 17th International Brahms Competition, Pörtschach. 1st Prize in
the Chamber Music Division (€3000)
• Concorso Omizzolo, Padova. 3rd Prize (€1000) 2008
• Lions Club, Mannheim “Quadrat” Scholarship (€6000) 2007
• Hamilton Outstanding Musician Award ($2000) 2003
• Hamilton Academy of Music Concerto Competition Winner.
Appearance with the Hamilton Symphony orchestra as soloist
with Boccherini’s Concerto in B Flat Major
• ASTA California Southern Regional Solo Competition Winner 2000


Reviews and Praise

McDaniel is an extremely talented craftsman, who, with lots of inspiration and an intense longing
for harmony in connection with clear contrasts, delivers an impressive emotional record of his
ability. A phenomenal work of present day musical thought, far from experiment status or

– Ensemble Magazine on “Sing nicht, sing nicht, du fremder Mann”

[The concerto] shows an immense spectrum of musical textures, and Graf (soloist and friend)
accompanies the audience with skill and dedication through this fascinating sound-cosmos.

-Leonberger Kreiszeitung on the Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra

The composition that experienced its premiere this evening set new standards. McDaniel, who
played in the orchestra himself, has created a piece that renounces the heaviness and
abstraction of many contemporary works in order to give the listener easier access. And so we
hear waltzes and jazz elements, as well as passages of Spanish guitar music in his gripping

-Esslinger Zeitung on the Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra

Marshall McDaniel’s original music, performed live by McDaniel on cello and Kristine Ganibe on
piano, functions much like a silent movie score, greatly contributing to the atmosphere of dread,
as do choral segments tunefully rendered by a capable ensemble.

-LA times on Dracula



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