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Marshall McDaniel


Marshall McDaniel was born into a family of actors, artists, and musicians and was raised on the stage of the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, his family-run theater. He started music lessons at the age of four on piano and later began cello at twelve. As a middle and high school student, he played with community orchestras throughout Los Angeles, and after graduation from the distinguished Hamilton Academy of Music, went on to study at Cal State University, Northridge, double majoring in cello and English literature. He afterwards moved to Germany, living there for 8 years studying in Trossingen, Mannheim, and Berlin. He has won numerous scholarships and awards, played with many professional orchestras including the LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, and the National Theater in Mannheim. In addition to his cello performance achievements, he his also an accomplished composer, with his new works continuously receiving rave reviews. He is currently a freelance cellist and composer working in all possible mediums