Daisy Swanson

Pacific Grove, California

California State University of Long Beach, Bachelor of Music, 2024

Daisy Swanson recently completed their studies at the California State University of Long Beach's Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, studying with Jason Bonham. They served as the principal violist of the American Youth Symphony, the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the California Young Artists Symphony. Daisy has also performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Festival Napa Vally Orchestra, and Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. 

What inspired you to become a musician?
The first time I played in my youth symphony, I instantly fell in love with the orchestra sound.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
Two of my all-time favorites include Ludwig van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler because of how their music dives into human nature.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I enjoy practicing my handwriting and calligraphy with fountain pens and other writing instruments.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love cooking meals and baking treats for my friends and family!

Why did you choose the NRO?
I chose the NRO because it gives me the opportunity to learn a lot of repertoire at the highest level, meet lots of people passionate about music from around the world, work with world-renowned conductors, and to immerse myself in the beauty of Breckenridge!