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Gaia Daniel

About the Artist

Gaia Daniel is an eleven-year-old pianist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying with nationally distinguished artist/teacher Dr. Joseph Zins, of Crocus Hill Studios. Gaia is a third generation in a family of musicians whose origins are from Florence, Italy. She started playing piano at age seven, after playing violin and cello since the age of five.


Gaia was a prize winner and a finalist in several international (virtual) competitions.  She won the Second Prize in the Canada International Piano Competition, the Second Prize in the Paderewsky International Piano Competition, and the First Prize and Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize of the 2021 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition.  As a result, she was invited to perform in the Competition Gala in Carnegie Hall, NYC, in the Fall of 2022.  Most recently, Gaia won the First Prize in the 2022 Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum Mozart Concerto Competition.  As the winner, she will be performing the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto in C minor, K. 491 with the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra in May, 2022.

In addition to her love of the piano, Gaia is a passionate ballet dancer, an avid reader, and a writer of short stories and poems.

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