Daniel Dastoor, Violin

Canadian violinist and chamber musician, currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Photo by Tim Nguyen


Known for his musical sensitivity and inspired performances, violinist Daniel Dastoor has emerged as one of Canada’s leading young artists. A native of Montreal and a frequent participant in competitions and festivals, Daniel is a winner of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award and the Calgary Philharmonic’s Marley Rynd Performance Scholarship. As part of the Rilian Trio, he won the first prize and audience prize at the 12th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. He won first and second prize at the Prix Ravel of the Écoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, won first and second prize at the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Competition, and is a prizewinner of the Canadian Music and Alberta Festival competitions. Daniel has performed as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic and with the Lethbridge Symphony, and was chosen as a 2023-2024 Performance Today Young Artist in Residence. Recent and upcoming appearances include performances in Toronto, Montreal, Copenhagen, Trondheim, Calgary, and on Shelter Island at the Perlman Music Program.

Daniel is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein. Most recently, he completed an Artist Diploma in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ian Swensen, and completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School where he studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman as a Temerty Fellow. He holds degrees in music from the Mount Royal Conservatory and the University of Calgary where he studied with Bill van der Sloot, and degrees in Computer Science from the University of Calgary and University of Toronto. Daniel performs on the 1700 Taft Stradivari violin, on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. He also performs on a 1950 Louis Henri Gillet bow, generously on loan from CANIMEX.

Minimalism Photo by Helge Krückeberg