Daria Janssen
Cellist/ Pianist/ Educator


Boston based cellist Daria Janssen delights in versatile career as performer and educator. Her classical music training takes roots from the Kharkiv Special Music Boarding School in Ukraine, eventually continuing in well-rounded American musical education.

First time, she appeared as soloist with the Khrakiv Philarmonic Orchestra at the age of nine and, since then, performed in cities, towns and states of the Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Mexico and the USA. First Prize winner of the 1997 International Music Competition “Виртуозы (Virtuosi) -2000” in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009 Soloist Competition winner with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, winner of 2004 Honors Competition in a trio with Paul Jacobs and Dainius Poudjukas and a Diplomat of the 1998 International Music Competition “Concursul International de Muzica Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucharest, Romania, participant of the V Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico, she was a semi-finalist in Tchaikovsky’s Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1997.

As a guest orchestra player and principal, Mrs. Janssen performs with the Freisinger Orchestra and is a substitute cellist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

As Cello-Piano Duo, Mrs. Janssen’s collaboration with pianist Paul Jacobs started in 2004, and their programs include works by contemporary composers, standard chamber music and the concerto repertoire, including premieres of new works by new composers and recordings.

In 2005, Daria founded the Nocturne String Quartet, whom had premiered an award winning composer David C. Janssen’s String Quartet No. 1.

Since 2009, Mrs. Janssen has been collaborating with her husband, Dr. David C. Janssen, premiering, editing and recording his works as cellist and pianist, while working together with violinists Bayla Keyes, Julia Glenn, violist Xi Yang and pianist Paul Jacobs.

Over the years Daria’s primary cello teachers were professors I. D. Rojavsky, L. S. Nikulina, Terry King, Thomas Kraines, Mihail Jojatu, Michael Reynolds and Marc Johnson. She studied theory and harmony with Judith Ross, Richard Cornell, John Wallace and piano under L.A. Podpalnaya, Philis Asseta and Lyubov Shlain. Daria performed in Cello Masterclasses with Laurence Lesser, John Kaboff, Natasha Brofsky, Andrew Pearce, Kangho Lee, Joshua Gordon and Natalia Gutman.  

Mrs. Janssen holds an Undergraduate Diploma with Distinction in Cello Performance from Longy School of Music, Bachelors of Music degree from Emerson College and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she received an Honor Award for outstanding achievement in String Performance. She is currently completing her Doctorate work in Cello Performance at the Boston University.


Mrs. Janssen’s recent projects include the transcription of J.S. Bach’s 2nd Violin Partita for Solo-Cello and research work on the Dvořak’s Cello Concerto. 
Daria and David Janssen are proud parents of two amazing girls, Kristina and Vivian.

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