Daniel Sender enjoys a diverse musical career and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sender holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Education from Ithaca College and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Sender was a Fulbright Scholar at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied with the Hungarian violinist Vilmos Szabadi, collaborated with teachers at the Folk Music School of Óbuda, and carried out research in support of his dissertation, “Folk Elements in Twentieth-Century Hungarian Music.”
Prior to his Fulbright Fellowship, he served as first violinist of the Adelphi String Quartet, the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, under the tutelage of the Guarneri and Left Bank Quartets. The Adelphis were semi-finalists in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and gave many performances, including an acclaimed collaboration with the Axelrod Quartet for a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet at the National Museum of American History on the Smithsonian’s collection of Stradivarius and Amati instruments.
Named a Presser Scholar by the Theodore Presser Foundation, Sender was also the recipient of numerous grants and awards that funded research and performances in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Austria. He served for four years as the violinist of the Annapolis Chamber Players and his recording of Walter Gieseking’s chamber music can be heard on the Centaur label.
Sender serves as concertmaster of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra. Additionally, he makes frequent appearances as guest concertmaster with orchestras in Virginia and Maryland. He is on the faculty of the University of Virginia’s McIntire Department of Music and holds summer faculty positions at the Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts’ Adult Chamber Music Camp and U.Va’s Summer Chamber Music Camp. Sender’s teachers include Vilmos Szabadi, Gerald Fischbach, David Salness and the Guarneri Quartet.