Venezuelan-Cuban-American violinist Daniela Láncara de Espinoza creates performances that surprise and energize audiences. Whether she’s playing a Beethoven Symphony, bringing to life a newly composed work, or improvising on a Venezuelan Joropo, Daniela is focused on communicating what’s real, human, and personal. Known for the poise and character of her playing, Mrs. Láncara’s repertoire ranges from Bach and Mozart to Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, and Bacewicz.
With a desire to explore the world, violin in hand, Mrs. Láncara immigrated to the US over fifteen years ago. She’s performed in New York at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and St. John the Divine, and in Italy at the Duomo in Siena. She’s also been the featured soloist with: Academia Filarmonica, Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, and the University of Oklahoma’s Civic Orchestra. One of her interests is playing in intimate settings such as house concerts and senior centers, and she recently completed a performance of an East Coast prison tour with an organization called Shining Light.
Whether she’s playing in a renowned hall or a prison, Daniela is inspired by seeing how music reaches and connects people. With a commitment to social justice, Daniela has co-hosted special advocacy programs. Her “Notes for Freedom” and “Loose Change to Loosen Chains,” events brought musicians and political leaders together to raise awareness and funds to help end human trafficking. In recent years Daniela addressed this issue at the United Nations, speaking to a gathering that included Kevin Jenkins, President of World Vision, and Olav Kjorven, UNICEF’s Director of Public Partnership.
After beginning her violin studies at the Colegio Emil Friedman and then graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Daniela went on to the Manhattan School of Music to obtain her Bachelors of Music. She finished her Masters of Music in May 2017 from the University of Oklahoma where she played with the Crouse String Quartet and studied with Hal Grossman and the Grossman Method, a kinesthetic training for violinists and violist.
Throughout her journey, Daniela has found J. S. Bach to be a touchstone. Some of his manuscripts end with Bach writing “Soli Deo Gloria,” for Glory of God. Daniela likewise dedicates all of her work to that same purpose. She’s currently working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship serving as Ministry Team Leader mostly serving students of color, as well as the Associate Violin Professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, the Associate Concertmaster of the Central Texas Philharmonic, and the Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra.