One of Chicago’s most sought after clarinetists, Daniel Won is currently leading a versatile career as performer and educator. Won is the newly appointed principal clarinetist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Chicago. He is a frequent guest artist with some of the premier ensembles in the Midwest, including Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Alabama Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony.
In addition to his orchestral and chamber music career, Won has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the country, including Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Columbia of Missouri, Chicago Classical Philharmonic, and UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra.
Won can be heard on the 2013 release of Burstin’ Out, with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, on Origin Records, and on the 2010 release of Recorded Music of the African Diaspora, with the New Black Music Ensemble, on Albany Records.
As an educator, Won previously served as Director of Programs in Performance Studies at Merit School of Music in Chicago, as well as chamber music teaching artist for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Midwest Young Artists. In 2013, he was named one of DePaul University’s 14 Under 40 Alumni Making a Difference.
Won earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, and a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Performance from DePaul University School of Music.