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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Viola

Daniel Orbach


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 four years.

The parents of two sons, Joel and David, Daniel and his wife Trina reside in Evanston.

September 2012

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