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Daniel Ott

New York, NY            

Daniel Ott (b. 1975) is a recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received commissions from the National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, the Chiara Quartet, and Bargemusic, among others, and has been honored multiple times by the ASCAP Foundation. His music has been set to dance by some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Larry Keigwin, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. Ott’s music has been heard all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Sadler’s Wells, the Musée du Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and currently serves on the faculty of both Juilliard and Fordham University, where he is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition.

An Inflorescence (2010)

“An Inflorescence” (for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion, and piano) was commissioned by the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet) and premiered at the Miller Theatre in November, 2010. At its premiere, the work was performed by ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) with three choreographic versions by Larry Keigwin, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky, respectively, with dancing by soloists and principals from NYCB.

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Double Aria for Violin Alone (2003)

“Double Aria” was commissioned by choreographer Benjamin Millepied, then Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet, and premiered in Sag Harbor, New York in September, 2003. The work was later performed at NYCB and is now a part of that company’s repertory. This recording is by violinist Tim Fain, who gave the NYCB performances in 2005 playing onstage with the dancers, and later included it on his debut solo album with Image Recordings.

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String Quartet No. 2 (2011) – IV. Scherzo 2: Exuberantly

My String Quartet No. 2 was commissioned by the Chiara Quartet as part of the innovative Creator/Curator commissioning series. The work was premiered in February, 2011 at Meany Hall in Seattle. The piece deals with the topic of the loss of a child, as experienced by composers Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler. This recording is of the fourth movement (of six), and is taken from a live performance of the New York premiere at Galapagos in Brooklyn.

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