Daniel Winnick has been a member of the 1st violin section of the FSO since 2010. A native of Princeton, NJ, he chose to study the violin after hearing his elementary school classmates give a concert during an assembly. His first “practice room” was the backseat of a 1989 Honda Accord, in which he attempted to make sense of his brand-new instrument on the way back from the music store. (Since then, he has rarely fiddled in moving vehicles.)
While a student at the University of Michigan, where he studied with longtime FSO concertmaster Andrew Jennings, Daniel was a member of the acclaimed Baits Quartet, and served as concertmaster of the student-run Michigan Pops from 2008-9. He is now the assistant concertmaster of the Dearborn Symphony, a member of the Battle Creek Symphony, and he frequently performs with the orchestras of Kalamazoo and Fort Wayne, IN. He also runs the Ann Arbor chapter of Classical Revolution, which gives free chamber music performances in nontraditional settings. He has performed with the CutTime Simfonica of former DSO bass player Rick Robinson, as well as with the Kalamazoo Symphony’s Burdick-Thorne String Quartet.
Daniel teaches violin classes at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, and he is on the faculty of Cultural Art Strings in Manchester. He has also taught after-school violin classes in the Flint Community Schools as part of the Sphinx Organization’s Overture Program.