Guitarist Daniel Ortega has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his country. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Daniel is a top prize winner of several classical guitar competitions including the SONO International Guitar Competition, VII Concurso Nacional de Guitarra de Santo Domingo, Troy University Guitar Festival and Competition, Concurso de Guitarra del Cibao, among others. He began his studies of classical guitar with professor Ruben Gonzalez at the National Conservatory of Music.
As a soloist Daniel has performed throughout North and South America and has been featured in various music festivals such as Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo, Ethos International Guitar Festival, among others. He has performed extensively in his native Dominican Republic, including appearances in Teatro Nacional, Perello Cultural Center, "El Gran Teatro del Cibao" and others. Daniel has performed in masterclasses for renowned guitarists such as David Russell, Sergio Assad, Leo Brouwer, Fabio Zanon, Lorenzo Michelli, David Leisner and Mark Delpriora. As an avid chamber musician, Daniel performs regularly in diverse chamber music settings, being currently part of a duo with the Russian violinist Alexandra Lee.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University from which he graduated with honor under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Zohn. During his time at Columbus, he was the classical guitar instructor at the Schwob's School of Music Preparatory Division. Daniel is currently in his last year of his Master's Degree studies at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of acclaimed guitarist David Starobin. Daniel is currently guitar faculty at the Washington Heights Community Conservatory of Fine Arts and the Founder & Artistic Director of the Caribbean International Guitar Festival.