After deciding to become a professional cellist during his senior year of high school, Daniel Smith pursued a career in cello performance vigorously, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the University of Michigan studying with Professor Richard Aaron. He finished these two degrees in four and a half years. He then decided to pursue a Doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin, studying with Professor Bion Tsang and Professor Joshua Gindele. He also studied chamber music with the Miro String Quartet. He won the school’s Concerto Competition in his final year, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the University Orchestra in May 2015, graduating later that same month.