Daniel Schlosberg

The music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been played by the Dover Quartet, Amphion Quartet, Nashville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Lorelei Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Antico Moderno, New Morse Code, and counter)induction, at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Royal Albert Hall and Victoria & Albert Museum (London), St. John’s Cathedral (Hong Kong), Dusk Dawn Club (Beijing), and Doug Fir Lounge (Portland). Daniel is a 2014 recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been awarded two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, most recently in 2014.


Along with six of his colleagues, Daniel founded the composer/performer ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY, which played its inaugural concert in New York in April 2015 and at a featured solo show at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in May 2015, and premiered its second show at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust in January 2016. In October 2015, Daniel was selected to participate in the inaugural Nashville Symphony Orchestra Composer Lab, where he was then chosen for a Copland House CULTIVATE Fellowship for June 2016. In July 2014, Daniel was pianist- and composer-in-residence as part of the Protégé Program at Chamber Music Northwest, where he wrote for and performed with such luminaries as Fred Sherry, Peter Wiley, Ani Kavafian, and Tara Helen O’Connor. In November 2013, Daniel’s flute and piano piece strange ancestors was premiered at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall by Ginevra Petrucci and Bruno Canino. In 2013, he helped conceive and organize the RiteNow Project, in which eight composers (including himself) wrote pieces celebrating the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. His choral music has been premiered by the Yale Glee Club in Hong Kong (Letter, 2013) and Simon Carrington at the Norfolk Music Festival (nightingale + rose, 2013). Current commissions include a works for the Dover Quartet, pianist David Fung, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra for a concert at Carnegie Hall commemorating its 50th anniversary season in 2016.


Theatricality remains integral to Daniel’s work. Most recently, Daniel collaborated with playwright Kate Tarker and director Dustin Wills in creating Awful Event! Or the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln as Interpreted by the Unseen Internal Organs of His Wife, which premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in June 2016. In August 2015, Daniel co-created an opera-theatrical adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Once Five Years Pass for the Williamstown Theatre’s Fellowship Program. BodyVox, a Portland-based dance company renowned for collaborations with musicians, commissioned him for their May 2015 show “Cosmosis” featuring the Amphion String Quartet. He recently made his choreographic debut, creating a piece called “So Dreamy” for BodyVox’s Pearl Dive Project in April 2016. In April 2015, he music-directed and performed onstage in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Yale Repertory Theatre, premiering a score by David Lang. Other collaborations include his chamber opera Frau Trude, based on the Grimm fairy tale, for Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia, and incidental music for a production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan at the Yale School of Drama in 2014. In 2013, under the tutelage of the original orchestrator Michael Starobin, Daniel re-orchestrated in its entirety and conducted Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at the Yale School of Drama. The same year, Daniel performed in a staged version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Yale Cabaret.


Daniel performs regularly and remains dedicated to playing works of his contemporaries. He is pianist/harpsichordist and core member of New-York-based chamber ensemble Cantata Profana, as well as co-music-director of New-York-based Heartbeat Opera. He continues to perform regularly with NOVUS NY, and has performed with Le Train Bleu, and as a soloist with the Yale, Delaware, and Pottstown Symphony Orchestras. In March 2014, he traveled to Phoenix to take part in the Phoenix Winter Chamber Music Festival, where he performed in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals.


Daniel has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where he completed the residential portion of his doctoral degree in 2014, writing his thesis on the music of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Primary teachers have included Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, and Kathryn Alexander.

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