From the time Daniel Khalikov was born into a musical family in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, music has played a major role in his life. At age six, he began playing the violin and enrolled in the experimental program run by Professor Nathan Mendelssohn at the Uspensky Special School of Music. After two years of study, he gave his first recital at Bakhor, the largest hall in Tashkent. In 1995 Daniel won fifth prize in the Junior Section of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. In 1997 President Islam Karimov presented Daniel with an Italian violin. Daniel has competed in about fifty competitions in Turkey, Greece and Kazakhstan, including the National Symphony of Uzbekistan. In the autumn of 1999, Daniel begins studies at The Curtis Institute of Music with Professor Rafael Druian, continuing his preparation toward his goal of being a soloist and chamber musician.