Selected Alumni Bios

Danielle Merlis

Danielle Merlis is a Westport, CT native and has been studying cello for 11 years. After studying at McGill University for two years with Matt Haimovitz, Danielle transferred to NYU to complete her cello performance degree with Marion Feldman. At NYU she also studies composition under the instruction of Pedro Da Silva.

Danielle currently performs with the NYU Symphony Orchestra and with a clarinet trio. She has also performed with numerous string quartets at summer festivals including the NYU Summer Quartet Program and Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she was also a member of the Young Artists Orchestra. During her high school years, Danielle attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College. She performed as principal cellist for Connecticut’s All-State Orchestra and for the Norwalk Youth Symphony Principal Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. After winning the Norwalk Symphony Prodigy Competition, Danielle was given the privilege to perform as a featured soloist with the renowned jazz musician Chris Brubeck and his band Triple Play.

Danielle enjoys the variety of music she has the opportunity to play at NYU. She has played film scores, Broadway show music as a member of the pit orchestra, new compositions by NYU composers, and this fall she joined other NYU students playing with The Eagles.