Marshall McDaniel was born into a family of actors, artists, and musicians and raised on the stage of the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga (California), his family-run theater.
He started music lessons at the age of 4 on piano and later began cello at 12. As a middle and high school student, he played with community orchestras throughout Los Angeles. After graduating from the distinguished Hamilton Academy of Music, he continued to study at California State University (Northridge), double majoring in cello and English literature. He afterwards moved to Germany, studying in Trossingen, Mannheim, and Berlin. In this time, he has won numerous scholarships and awards, played with many professional orchestras including the National Theater in Mannheim and has founded an international award winning and performing Piano Trio. In addition to his cello performance achievements, he is also an accomplished composer, with his new works continuously receiving rave reviews. In training for media composition, he worked closely with Daniel Licht, Michael Levine, Jeff Rona and Matthias Weber. He has written original music for film, television, video games, stage, concert, pop, dance and musicals and looks forward to the next project in a new medium.
At the National Youth Ballet he has the position of pianist and musical director.