When you meet Danielle, ask her… How the heck did Ghengis Barbie come up with its name? What’s up with the pink bell? Will you play some guitar for me?
Danielle Kuhlmann has traveled the world, performing in symphony orchestras and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. After growing up in Seattle, Washington, she completed her undergraduate studies with Jerome Ashby at the Juilliard School and pursued graduate studies at Rice University with Bill VerMeulen. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. An avid interpreter of new music, she is principal horn of the American Composers Orchestra, and performs regularly with Metropolis Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She has been a featured soloist with the Seattle and Manila Symphony Orchestras and ROCO. In addition to classical performances, Ms. Kuhlmann can be heard playing various television, video game, and major motion picture soundtracks.
Ms. Kuhlmann is devoted to philanthropic work and has spent three summers in the Philippines volunteering for the group Cultures in Harmony, an NGO that promotes cultural diplomacy through music. The group works with professional and student-level musicians, as well as indigenous tribal youth. In January of 2011, she volunteered in Kabul, Afghanistan, teaching at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
In 2010, she co-founded the all-female pop Horn quartet Genghis Barbie, who have been featured everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the stages of America’s Got Talent.
In her spare time, Ms. Kuhlmann makes jewelry and sings in the Brooklyn-based rock band, Tatters & Rags.