On Saturday’s live broadcast, we feature 18-year-old flutist Daniel Lopez. Daniel is a senior at Wheeling High School and studies flute with Hideko Amano. He is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and participates in the CYSO chamber music program. Daniel has participated in the senior Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District 7 Band for the past three years and has been invited to play in the ILMEA Honors All-State Band.
Daniel received honorable mentions in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition and the Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He won the Chicago Youth Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and he also attended the All National Music Festival, where he played in the Honors Orchestra of America. In 2016, he won first place in the senior division of the Society of American Musicians Flute Competition and third place in the Chicago Flute Club Student Competition. In 2017, he won first place in the Chicago Flute Club Student Competition. In addition to being an aspiring flutist, Daniel composes chamber music and solo repertoire, which he performs with his friends, as a part of CYSO’s Composition Seminar.