Daniel Shomper


Dan Shomper headshotWhat city are you living in now? Arnold, MD

Where did you study? DMA University of Maryland

What is your favorite piece of music? Brahms Symphony #4

What do you enjoy in your spare time? Golfing, biking, swimming, time with loved ones

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory? Of the many great concerts I have been a part of over the years, the Noah Bendix-Balgley performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto stands out as one of the most exceptional concerto performances I have ever experienced live, as an orchestra member or as an audience member.


Daniel Shomper is an active performer, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher. The Baltimore Sun has praised his “virtuoso playing” and complimented his “masterful performance” and “lyrical expression.” He has performed at venues in the United States and abroad, including venues in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Budapest, Helsinki, and Quebec. Recent notable performances include his featured solo appearance on the 2018 Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra tour of Spain, performing Victor Herbert’s second cello concerto in venues in Madrid, Avila, and Seseña Nuevo.

Dr. Shomper is an avid chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Riverhawk String Quartet, which features the string faculty at Anne Arundel Community College. He is also a member of the Tapestry Cello Ensemble, which performs a broad range of music written and arranged for cello quartet. Daniel is a passionate advocate for new, contemporary, and underperformed works. He is the Founder and Director of the World Class Chamber Music Series, and the New Music Maryland Concerts at Anne Arundel Community College. These concerts feature performances by the RSQ, solo recitals by faculty, and other collaborations. The New Music Concerts have resulted in the commissioning and premieres of works for solo cello, string quartet, and more eclectic ensembles.

He is a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra where he frequently serves as acting principal and associate principal. Daniel also performs with many other orchestras and ensembles in the DC and Baltimore area, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, PostClassical Ensemble, and the National Cathedral Orchestra and Choir, among others. He has also served as Associate Principal Cello of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Shomper is a passionate teacher. He serves on the faculty at the Annapolis Symphony Academy, maintains a robust private studio, directs a cello ensemble comprised of his students, and is an Adjunct Faculty member at Anne Arundel Community College.

Dr. Shomper received his DMA from the University of Maryland where he studied with David Hardy, Peter Wiley and the Guarneri Quartet, Kenneth Slowik, and Evelyn Elsing.