Meet the Musicians Clarinet

Daniel McKelway


Orchestra member since 1995

Hometown: Davidson, North Carolina

Education: New England Conservatory

Studied with: Robert Listokin, Harold Wright, and inspired by a few lessons with Robert Marcellus

Instrument: Dan plays Buffet clarinets and a Yamaha prototype clarinet by Thomas Martin. His mouthpieces include a 1930 Bb mouthpiece by Charles Chedeville made in Paris and a 1960 Eb mouthpiece by Frank Kasper.

About Daniel:

Dan McKelway loves a good adventure. In addition to performing on all of the clarinet family of instruments at Severance Hall (including bass clarinet, basset horn, and the contra bass clarinet) you might see Dan taking an afternoon sail on Lake Erie, or climbing a mountain (Acancaqua 22,800ft). His favorite restaurant is Salmon Daves in Rocky River, not too far from his home and where he launches his sailboat. He is married to TCO violist, Lembi Veskimets, and their family includes 3 children, Rein, Kili and Kaja. Dan is a full time professor at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and an active chamber musician. He has been an uber fan of TCO since he was 9 years old, and his favorite performances include concerts with Pierre Boulez and Beethoven 9th Symphony with Robert Shaw, conductor. In Dan's own words, he loves "living in a great city which still allows a relaxed life."