Daniela Rooney was born in Shumen, Bulgaria. She started playing piano at the age of 6 and from 2009 until 2016 she studied at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland where she received her Master’s degrees in both Piano Performance and Music Theory, both with First Class Honors.
Daniela is an experienced performer and a multiple prize-winner for both solo and chamber performance in international piano competitions and festivals in Bulgaria, Italy, including Schumann-Brahms International Piano Competition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where she was awarded first prize in 2014. She was recently awarded second prize in both piano performance and music theory sections in the First International Competition “J. S. Bach – Soli Deo Gloria” in 2022 and Special Prize for Best interpretation of a piece by J. S. Bach and Special Prize in the Piano Research as a Music Theorist.
Daniela was awarded scholarships such as Erasmus European Exchange Program Scholarship, The Rector’s scholarship for outstanding students and The Cultural grant of the City of Gdansk, Poland.
She has given recitals in Bulgaria, Poland, China, Italy and Ireland as soloist and chamber musician.
Daniela has also taken part in piano master classes, worked with Erick Heidsieck, Snezhana Barova, Tamara Poddubnaja, Branca Ziravac-Jeremic, Romeo Smilkov, Mariusz Tytman, Czesław Stańczyk, Andrzej Artykiewicz, Dora and Anastas Slavchev, Aleksander Peskanov, Andrzej Tatarski, Viera Nosina, Anahit Nersesyan, Piotr Paleczny, John O’ Conor, Therese Fahy, Philip Martin.
Daniela is also a passionate teacher. She has been teaching piano, music theory and accompaniment in music schools in Poland from 2012 – 2016 and in Ireland since 2016, preparing her students for RIAM and ABRSM exams. She is currently working on completing her PhD in piano performance.