I'm Daniel Delaney. I'm a modern improvising cellist, educator, and 

composer.  I'm a dad, a husband, a teacher, and a lover of sarcasm and absurd humor.  My performances have dragged me throughout the United States (kicking and screaming, right...?) as a band leader, sideman, and solo singer/songwriter.  I love to travel, love new places and people, but my home is my sanctuary.  It's where I create, where I teach, where I daydream, where I avoid sleep.


The Philadelphia Inquirer praised him as

a “master musician… a pleasure to hear”


and Broadway World called him

a “world-class cellist.”

As a studio musician, I've had the privilege of recording with some pretty incredible folks.  Recent collaborators and records include

The Welcome Wagon (Tooth and Nail), Beach Slang (Polyvinyl) 

Elvira Nikolaisen (SONY), mewithoutYou (Tooth and Nail),

Twin Sister (Domino), Sun Airway (Dead Oceans), and many other great artists, producers, and engineers from whom I've learned so much.

In the 80's and 90's I was growing up and listening to AC-DC, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Phish, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, and more than a little Huey Lewis and the News.  Forgive me if I fail to mask my influences; the visceral emotional lens through which I hear the world is vividly colored by these greats and I'm not ashamed of them.

But you'll certainly hear the decades-long impact of endless Popper etudes, Piatti caprices, late night practice of Dvorak and Elgar concertos, and the deep love/hate of the J.S. Bach Suites.  Just don't get yourself confused - those guys were making rock music in their own days and in their own ways.

And now, here we are.

cellist, educator
Cello Faculty

cello, chamber music, string pedagogy (2009-14)

Cairn University,

Philadelphia, PA

Cello Instructor

private and group lessons (since 1996)

Washington, Colorado,

New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore/Annapolis

Director / Principal Studio Cello

Dark Horse Orchestra

Principal Cello

Wilmington Ballet Orchestra (2010-13)

Wilmington, DE

Studio Recording Cellist

string arranger, ensemble director, improvisor

see recording credits on "Records" page

Master of Music

cello performance

Mannes College of Music, NYC

Bachelor of Music

cello performance

University of Northern Colorado

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