Quad City Symphony Orchestra
One of Chicago’s most sought after clarinetists, Daniel Won is currently leading a versatile music career as performer and educator. Won is the newly appointed principal clarinetist of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Chicago. He is a frequent guest artist with some of the premier ensembles in the Midwest, including Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Opera Theater, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Alabama Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In addition to his orchestral and chamber music career, Won has appeared as soloist with various orchestras around the country, including Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Columbia of Missouri (formerly 9th Street Philharmonic), Chicago Classical Philharmonic, and UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra.
Won can be heard on the 2013 release of Burstin' Out, with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, on Origin Records, and on the 2010 release of Recorded Music of the African Diaspora, with the New Black Music Ensemble, on Albany Records.
As an educator, Won previously served as Director of Programs in Performance Studies at Merit School of Music in Chicago, as well as chamber music teaching artist for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Midwest Young Artists.
Won earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, where he studied with Gary Gray of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he received a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Performance from DePaul University School of Music. His principal teachers at DePaul were Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013, Won was named one of DePaul University's 14 Under 40 Alumni Making a Difference.