Daniel Armstrong joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in
June 1995, after 12 seasons as assistant principal bass in the Milwaukee
Symphony and four with the Winnipeg Symphony.
Starting as a young child on piano in a small town on the
Canadian west coast, Armstrong began studying bass in his third year of studies
at the University of British Columbia as music finally overcame his other
interests, and he switched out of Engineering in favor of the music department.
Encouraged by his first bass teacher, Kenneth Friedman of the Vancouver
Symphony, he went on to receive a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard
School, where he studied with Homer Mensch.
Armstrong was a founding member of the contemporary music
ensemble Present Music and continues to play with the group as time allows. He
has appeared as a soloist on WFMT, CBC radio and on stage with the Milwaukee
Symphony and other orchestras. Most recently, he has performed new music with
the Jason Seed Stringtet, the Chinese Fine Arts Society and the CSO's MusicNow
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