Daniel Foster's varied career encompasses orchestral, chamber, and solo playing, as well as teaching. After capturing the First Prize in both the William Primrose and Washington International Competitions, Foster became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) viola section in 1993, and was appointed Principal by Music Director Leonard Slatkin in 1995. He has appeared frequently as soloist with the NSO since his appointment. Foster is a member of the critically acclaimed Dryden Quartet, along with his cousins Nicolas and Yumi Kendall and NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, and is also a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. Foster is on the faculty at the University of Maryland and has given master classes at Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, the University of Michigan, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also been a faculty member for the National Orchestral Institute. This is his thirteenth appearance at PMF since 2006.