Dan Flanagan currently serves as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Concertmaster of the Modesto Symphony, Lecturer of Violin at University of California, Davis, and Instructor of Violin at University of California, Berkeley. Described as a “stellar musician” (Nevada Reviews), he has been praised for his “exquisite tone” and “forthright brio” (Sacramento Bee).
A dedicated orchestral player, Flanagan has performed as concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the California Symphony, California Musical Theater, the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, Symphony Silicon Valley, West Edge Opera and Opera Parallele. He performs regularly as an extra with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet and records film and television soundtracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. Frequently featured as soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Modesto Symphony, Flanagan has also performed with the American River Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Symphony, Reno Baroque Ensemble, and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Flanagan has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Oregon Bach Festival, Earplay, and has collaborated with pianists Leon Fleisher and Jon Nakamatsu. A founding member of the Farallon Quintet, with whom he has performed throughout Northern California, he has commissioned and premiered numerous works, several of which can be heard on their CD, “Farallon Quintet Originals.” As a member of the Eco Ensemble, he performs regularly at Cal Performances, performed at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, and was recently featured in Strings Magazine. In 2008, Dan founded Sacramento School of Music, where he served as Director and Instructor of Violin until 2014.
Born in New Jersey with early training in New York and Michigan, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon, where he was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. His teachers include Linda Cerone, Charles Castleman, Hal Grossman and Fritz Gearhart. Flanagan plays on a violin made in 1850 by JB Vuillaume, once owned by the celebrated American virtuoso Albert Spalding.