Darrell began playing the violin at the age of twelve after receiving his first instrument. His violin teachers have included Leona Wood and Jennifer Bustin. He graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta. While attending school Darrell received the Jason Lang Memorial Scholarship, Beryl Barnes Memorial Award, Dale Macmillan Memorial Scholarship, Tony Lefebvre Memorial Scholarship, and the Woodgrove Unifarm Local Scholarship. He studied violin in his first two years with Guillaume Tardif and then viola with Aaron Au and Charles Pilon. He is currently principal viola of the Concordia Symphony Orchestra and maintains a busy teaching and performing schedule in the Edmonton area and permanently occupies the viola chair in the Wild Rose Quartet, which he founded in 2008.