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Daniel Pesca, pianist and composer, is a passionate advocate for new music and a committed performer of the chamber music repertoire. Daniel has premiered over fifty solo and chamber works, many of which were composed for him. He has shared the stage with groups such as Imani Winds, Spektral Quartet, Chiara Quartet, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Zohn Collective, Ensemble Signal, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Dal Niente. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and at numerous international festivals.

Daniel is Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Chamber Music Program at the University of Chicago. Starting in Fall 2018, Daniel will be the pianist of the Grossman Ensemble, the new resident ensemble at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. He has also taught at Northeastern Illinois University, Syracuse University, and Ithaca College.

In May, 2018 Daniel performed Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Among his past concerto credits are the Elliott Carter Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall, as well as solo appearances with the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Oberlin Sinfonietta.

Daniel is a co-director of the Zohn Collective, founded in 2017 with Hanna Hurwitz, Dieter Hennings, Tim Weiss, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. This season, Daniel joined the ensemble for several performances in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ensemble looks forward to the release of its first recording: a major song cycle by Zohn-Muldoon with soprano Tony Arnold. New recordings of solo music by Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, and Matthew Schreibeis are slated for release in 2019.

Daniel has an eleven-year duo partnership with flutist Sarah Frisof. Their duo has performed over forty recitals, at venues such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Arts Club of Washington, the Dame Myra Hess concerts in Chicago, and at many universities and conservatories. Their recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner was released on Centaur Records in July 2016, and a second CD is forthcoming.

Daniel holds a doctorate from Eastman, where he led a class on contemporary keyboard music for four years and studied piano with Nelita True. He counts Robert Morris, David Liptak, and Betsy Jolas among his composition mentors, and he has taken lessons and masterclasses with Hans Abrahamsen, Chaya Czernowin, and Louis Andriessen.