Celia daggy, viola
Celia Daggy, violist, has been hailed as "glittering” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer.
Raised in a musical family in Los Angeles, she began studying piano at the age of 3, eventually picking up the violin, and then the viola as a teenager. Growing up, Celia studied at the Colburn Conservatory’s precollege division with Andrew Picken, while also serving as principal viola of the Colburn Youth Orchestra. During a brief tenure as a member of the American Youth Symphony, the YMF Debut Orchestra, and the Young Artists’ Symphony, Celia performed at the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts ceremony for John Williams with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. In 2015, she was a quarterfinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Fenice String Quartet, and that same summer toured China with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
Since moving to Boston in 2016, she has become an active musical presence as an orchestral performer, chamber musician and soloist. She has been a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center for two years, having won their annual BSO mock-audition in 2017. Last summer, she was invited to perform with the Boston Symphony in the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Gala Concert at Tanglewood. In 2016, she performed in two sold-out holiday concerts in Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, directed by Jaime Laredo. She is an inaugural member of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, headed by Matthew Scinto, and has also lead viola sections of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Phoenix: The Orchestra Reborn, the Boston University Symphony, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artists Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Muir String Quartet in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s faculty recital series, and the Fall Foliage Chamber Music Festival in Rockport, ME. In March of 2018, she gave the world premiere of Stephen Baillargeon’s viola concerto, written for her, as part of a benefit for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Since making her orchestral solo debut with the Palisades Symphony in 2014, Celia has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Colburn Youth Orchestra, and the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. She is currently a junior at Boston University, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance with Steven Ansell, principal of the Boston Symphony.