A native of Pennsylvania, Daniel Brye began studying the viola at age 16, after studying the violin for ten years. Throughout high school he participated in orchestra festivals up through the national level, including the ASTA with NSOA National Honors Orchestra. As a High school junior, he won first prize in the Reading (PA) Symphony Orchestra concerto competition. Daniel attended Kinhaven Music School, a summer music festival in Weston, Vermont, for three summers while in high school. He currently spends his summers in Fryeburg, ME at the International Musical Arts Institute (IMAI), a chamber music festival directed by Eric Rosenblith. In September 2009, he earned a position with the Erie Philharmonic and in April 2010 was appointed Associate Principal Viola of this ensemble. Daniel began his first season as a member of the Albany Symphony and began teaching viola and violin at Dickinson College in fall, 2010. He is also a founding member of Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster and frequently performs with the Reading Symphony Orchestra. Daniel holds a B.M. in Viola Performance from The Pennsylvania State University where he studied with Tim Deighton and a M.M. and G.P.D. in Viola Performance from The Hart School where he studied with Steve Larson.