Daniel Orbach became a member of the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s viola section at the beginning of the 1988/89
season. He came to Chicago by way of orchestra posts in the East and in Canada,
with a few opera orchestra positions to his credit as well.
Born in Washington, D.C., Daniel
Orbach was reared in Maryland and received a bachelor’s degree in violin from
the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio. He launched his professional
career in the early 1970s with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where he was
assistant principal viola. In the mid-1970s, he was a member of the viola
section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in the 1976/77 season he was
assistant principal of the Rochester Philharmonic. From 1977 to 1984, he was
assistant principal viola of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City
and principal viola of the Toronto Symphony. Prior to coming to Chicago, Orbach
was principal viola of the New York City Opera Orchestra, a post he held for
The parents of two sons, Joel and
David, Daniel and his wife Trina reside in Evanston.
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