“Dara Hankins has a way of "breaking and enterring" your heart, in the sweetest ways of course (!) as if you were one of her cello strings. Experiencing her formidable gift at the cello is frankly equal parts listening and being played. She can have her way with you. And trust me, you'll be glad.” ~ Kirk Whalum; Saxophonist

“I have worked with Dara both in the Grant Park Music Festival orchestra as well as in chamber music. Dara is a committed, talented musician who offers great musical skills with the willingness to work hard towards artistic excellency." - Carlos Kalmar, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Grant Park Music Festival

“The guests at our annual Christmas party were treated to a spellbinding performance by cellist Dara Hankins. An elegant performance of classical and contemporary  music set the atmosphere for the holiday festivities. Dara's cello skills provided a beautiful sound and graceful melody. I recommend her without hesitation for special events.” ~Wayne Gibson MD MBA Heart Clinic of Louisville PSC.