Daniel Foster has taught violin and viola at Eastern Michigan University since 1987. A student of Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois and of Angel Reyes at the University of Michigan, he holds degrees in violin performance from both schools. Since 1978, he has appeared frequently throughout the United States as a solo and chamber artist, with repertoire ranging from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. As a baroque violinist, he has performed and recorded with Ars Musica Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Oriana and Tafelmusik. He has been a founding member of three early music groups—Xantippe, a trio for baroque flute/recorder, cello and violin, specializing in music of the late baroque and early classical periods; La Gente d'Orfeo, a quartet for violin, cornetto, cello and early keyboards, specializing in Italian music of the early 17th-century; and most recently Salutaris, in collaboration with colleagues from Eastern Michigan University and Bowling Green State University. He was also a founding member of the Red Hot Lava Chamber Music Festival in Honolulu, and of EMU's Alexander Trio.
Professor Foster studied viola with Professor Guillermo Perich at the University of the Illinois. As a violist, he has performed and recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Ars Musica, and chamber music with the Arianna String Quartet (Centaur Records) and the Atlantis Trio (Musica Omnia). Professor Foster's teaching includes emphasis on musical values and expression, cultivation of free physical movements and enhancement of the mind/body connection.