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Introducing Daniel Getz!

What’s your name?

Daniel Getz

Where are you from?

I was born in Washington, DC, and lived in Maryland until college. Then I went to the New England Conservatory in Boston, and now I’m in New York!

How did you come to the viola?

I studied the violin for 8 years before coming to the viola. During a summer when I was about 15 or 16, I was at a festival in Indiana, and was asked if I would be willing to play viola in a quartet for the month. I was always curious, so I said “yes,” and never looked back.

Are you a Juilliard student?  Were you?  Or do you now work as part of the studio?

I am a second year Masters student, and also do some administrative work for the studio.

Tell us about one of your favorite performances?

Well, I have two: one from the audience and one from the stage.
In my first year at NEC, I heard some of the string faculty playing Brahms’ first sextet. There was an incredible feeling of freedom in how they presented the piece, and it all somehow helped me to understand the “Brahmsian” sound.
And from the stage, the Berg String Quartet at Kneisel Hall. We had worked really hard on this incredibly dense piece, and it was one of the most committed performances I have ever given. I think I was so enamored with this quartet – below the surface it is such a romantic piece, and I wanted very much to convince everyone in the audience of how beautiful it was.

If you could perform any viola piece, what would it be?

I have always fantasized about playing the Brahms op. 91 songs with alto and piano. In my wildest dreams, Janet Baker would sing with me!

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be?

I sometimes wish I was a pianist when I hear the Bach Goldberg Variations and the Schubert B-flat Sonata. And if I suddenly was granted a better singing voice, I would immediately belt out “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot.

You are forced by the United States Government to not practice for a day.  What do you do with yourself?

I’d sleep in, to start with. Then I would tackle one of Julia Child’s more complicated recipes, and do some reading and/or watch an old film.


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