Born in Indiana in the US, Daniel Neal studied the cello from the age of 13, winning a scholarship to Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee, and two years later, while still a student, a place in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. After graduating, he worked in New York for three years before entering the Eastman School of Music for a master’s degree. The world beckoned, and he left the States in September 1978. He became the principal cellist of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra, then moved to South Africa to join the PACT Orchestra in Pretoria, then left to become the principal cellist of the San Jose (Costa Rica) orchestra and returned to South Africa to join the CAPAB orchestra where he became principal cellist in 1983. When CAPAB and the CTSO formed the CTPO in 1997 he became principal cellist. He is now music librarian of the CPO and a frequent ad hoc cellist in the orchestra. Daniel’s psychic and philosophical perceptions have been heightened and intensified by a life-long felinotropic empathy with cats.