Daniel Armstrong – bass

Daniel Armstrong has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since June 1995. Prior to this he served twelve seasons as Assistant Principal Bass in the Milwaukee Symphony.

A native of Canada’s west coast, Dan started playing bass in his third year of studies at the University of British Columbia. With the encouragement of his first teacher, Kenneth Friedman of the Vancouver Symphony, he went on to receive a Masters of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Homer Mensch. Dan then performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for four years, and continued study with Eugene Levinson.

Dan was a founding member of both the period instrument ensemble Tafelmusik and the contemporary music ensemble Present Music. He has appeared as bass soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony, including a performance on a program that showcased one of his own compositions. He has also been featured as soloist, composer, and chamber music collaborator on CBC Radio in Canada, and WFMT Chicago.

Dan Armstrong lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin, with his wife Judith Harway, a professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and their two teenagers, Sylvie and Keith.

We are proud to be able to name Dan Armstrong as a former student of CYMC.