Hong Kong-born clarinetist, Daniel Chair started playing the clarinet at the age of nine. His teachers include J. David Harris, Steve Cohen, J. Lawrie Bloom, James Campbell and Martin Choy. Chair has played in masterclasses conducted by Julian Bliss, Frank Cohen, Eli Eban, Howard Klug, Andrew Simon and John Bruce Yeh. Chair frequently performs with orchestras including Sinfonia da Camera, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia.
As an avid chamber musician, Chair has collaborated with the Jupiter Quartet and Lysander Quartet. He is also the founding member of the Hong Kong-based Clarion Clarinet Quartet, which has commissioned several new works in the past. Chair also performed as soloist with various orchestras including Diocesan Wind Orchestra and University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
A recipient of the Licentiate of Trinity College London in Clarinet Performance, Chair was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship as well as the T.I.S. Tichenor Guarantor Scholarship to attend Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and graduated with a Bachelors of Music degree. While studying at Indiana, he was the principal clarinetist of the IU Concert Orchestra and the winner of the School Concerto Competition. Chair graduated from the Master of Music program at Northwestern University in 2014. He recently graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was the Teaching Assistant of the Clarinet Studio. During his time at UIUC, he won the Jupiter Quartet Guest Artist Award and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.