Daniel Arlig played viola at a young age and later went on to study double bass performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He graduated with honors in String Instrument Repair from Minnesota State College - SE Technical in Red Wing, Minnesota before going on to study Violin Making and Restoration at the North Bennet Street School in Boston where he studied with Kevin Kelly, David Polstein, and Thomas Hummel. Upon graduation from North Bennet, he returned to Minnesota and apprenticed with violin maker John R. Waddle.
He currently lives and works in Minneapolis making violins, violas and cellos, while performing regularly as a multi-instrumentalist in the Twin Cities Area. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Art of Sound Violin Making Competition and is a member of The Violin Society of America.