Symphonic & Ensemble Groups

  • San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, 2002
  • Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble,1994-1996 & 2000
  • Cecil Taylor Orchestra, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, 1995.
  • Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Massachuesetts, 1992-1994
  • The Chadwick Trio, classical and jazz piano trio, Boston, 1991-1993
  • Principal cellist of the Berklee College Symphony Orchestra, Boston, 1990-1992
  • Principal cellist of the Five College Chamber Soloists, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1986-1990
  • Smith College Chamber Orchestra, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1986-1990
  • Honors Piano Trio, directed by Kathleen Supove, New England Conservatory Preperatory, 1986
  • New England Conservatory Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Benjamin Zander, Boston, 1983-1986 Orchestra tours include: American Midwest (86), American East Coast (85), and Austria/Poland (84)
  • Scholarship String Quartet, All-Newton Music School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1984-1986
  • Principal cellist, All-Newton Music School Chamber Orchestra directed by Robert Koff, Newton, Massachusetts, 1984-86. Concerto Competition Winner Lalo Cello Concerto (86)
  • Principal cellist, New England Conservatory Jr. Youth Chamber Orchestra directed by James Bergin, Boston, 1982. Concerto Competition Winner, Boccherini Cello Concerto (82).


Selected Performances

Danielle DeGruttola, Matthew Goodheart, Henry Kaiser: Electric/Acoustic Duos & Trios. Center of New Music and Audio Technology, Berkeley, CA. April 2011.

Berkeley Edge Festival: Performed "Melt Me So With Thy Delicious Numbers", a piece for solo cello and computer by Edmund Campion.  Cal Performances, Berkeley, California, June 5, 2003.

The Singing Fields: Featuring Jai Utal, Geoffrey Gordon, Bob Bralove, Chloe Goodchild, and Danielle DeGruttola at St. Gregory’s Church in San Francisco, November 18, 2001.

Music in Trance: Danielle DeGruttola & Henry Kaiser Duo perform under hypothesis on June 8, 2001

Performances on the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Network’s “Cool Tech” and “21st Century Home Show”, 1999-2000

Ashley Adams & Danielle DeGruttola Duo perform at the Opus 415 New Music Marathon, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA. March 19, 2000.

Bassist Michael Manring, guitarist Henry Kaiser, and cellist Danielle DeGruttola perform at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, San Geronimo, CA. March 24, 2000.

Zen Disaster with Henry Kaiser on bass guitar, Chris Muir on guitar, and Danielle DeGruttola on electric cello perform at Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA. April 5, 2000.

Performance featuring John Oswald, John Schott, and Danielle DeGruttola with guest performer David Gans. Beanbenders, Berkeley, October 5, 1997.

Cecil Taylor Orchestra, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, October 26, 1995.

Improvising the Form, Mills College, April 14, 1996. M.F.A. Thesis Concert presenting my electro-acoustic compositions, improvisations, and paintings. Also featuring performances by Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser, and Lukas Ligeti.

A Page of Madness, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, June 14,1996. Performing with Greg Goodman, Henry Kaiser, and Miya Masaoka in a live music accompaniment to Kinugasa's 1926 Japanese silent film masterpiece.

Family Dog Presentations, Maritime Hall, San Francisco, March 2, 1996. Performing on electric cello with Buckethead, Henry Kaiser, Prairie Prince, and Vince Welnick.

Zen Disaster, Beanbenders, Berkeley, June 12, 1996. Performing Electric Free Rock Jazz on electric cello with Henry Kaiser, Chris Muir, and Lukas Ligeti.

Composer Christian Wolff's Concert, Mills College, April 19, 1996. Performing with Christain Wolff and ensemble in Changing the System.

Here Comes Everybody: John Cage Festival, Mills College, November 19, 1995. Performing in Thirteen.

Pauline Oliveros: Approaches and Departures, Mills College, September 8, 1995. Performing in Pacific Air and Approaches and Departures-Appearances and Disappearances.

30th Anniversary of Terry Riley's In C, Mills College, September 30, 1994.