Daniel Yim, 16, is a junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory and has been studying the cello since age 9. He has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) since 2018, and has served as its principal cellist since 2021. In 2022, he was invited to play at the Junior Bach Festival and the CASMEC All-State High School Symphony Orchestra, and also participated in NYO2 2022, where he served as principal cellist. He is also in the Bellarmine Chamber Music Club and serves as the principal cellist of the Bellarmine Chamber Orchestra. He also volunteers in Sky Ensemble, bringing music to the elderly, and in Bravo Strings, where he teaches economically disadvantaged students about classical music. In addition to the cello, Daniel was a prizewinner at numerous piano competitions, including the James Ramos International Competition, the Marilyn Mindell Piano Competition, the MTAC Piano Solo/Concerto Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition, the United States Open Music Competition, and the United States International Music Competition.
Aside from music, Daniel enjoys creative writing, listening to music, and watching cat videos.