The works of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg have been played by the Dover Quartet, Nashville Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Amphion Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Antico Moderno, Lorelei Ensemble, Yale Baroque Ensemble, New Morse Code, and Lisa Moore. Daniel is a 2014 recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded a 2014 Morton Gould Young Composer Award. His work has been called “witty” by the Wall Street Journal.
In July 2014, Daniel was the pianist-and-composer-in-residence as part of the Protégé Project at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon where he was commissioned to score a short film (by BodyVox dance company) for the Dover String Quartet with Paul Neubauer and Peter Wiley and write a fantasy on Puccini’s La Bohème for two clarinets and piano, which he performed with clarinetists David Shifrin and Ashley William Smith. In addition, he performed in ten concerts with artists such as Fred Sherry, Ani Kavafian, Alan Vogel, and Tara Helen O’Conner. 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 Stravinky’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). In August 2014, he traveled to India with the Yale Alumni Service Corps to teach music in a rural elementary school. Upcoming commissions include a work he will perform with Arx Duo, a piece for the Mousai Ensemble, a piece for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and a work for the Yale Symphony Orchestra to commemorate its 50th anniversary season. In October 2015, Daniel was selected to take part in the inaugural Nashville Symphony Composers’ Lab.
Theater remains central to Daniel’s output. In the summer of 2015, he co-adapted Lorca’s Once Five Years Pass for the Williamstown Theatre Festival Fellowship with director Dustin Wills, creating a hybrid operatic/music theater score. Recent work includes his chamber opera Frau Trude, from the Grimm tale, for Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia, and music for J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan at the Yale School of Drama in December 2014. In December 2013, Daniel conducted his complete re-orchestration of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at the Yale School of Drama, in a production directed by Ethan Heard, where he was advised by Michael Starobin, the original orchestrator. Daniel also performed in a staged version of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Yale Cabaret in March 2013. In April 2015, he music directed and performed in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Yale Repertory Theatre, premiering a score by David Lang.
Daniel performs regularly and remains dedicated to playing works of his contemporaries. Recent piano performances have included the premiere of his colleague Benjamin Wallace’s And Stanley Pushed a Button, Thomas Adès’s Living Toys with Le Train Bleu, George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (where he worked closely with the composer), and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King, George Rochberg’s contra mortem et tempus, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon with Cantata Profana, of which he is a founding member. 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 just completed the residential portion of his doctoral degree, 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.
These short film scores were commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest and BodyVox dance company, and were premiered at a concert called “In Motion” in July 2014. The concert featured members of BodyVox performing with live music, including a set with Edgar Meyer and his ensemble.
Dover Quartet (Joel Link, Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello); Paul Neubauer, viola; Peter Wiley, cello
For Italo Calvino, who created systems of systems of systems of memory.
For Antonio Vivaldi, who cut into silence like a razor.
For Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose looking glass was most deliciously twisted.
And for that moment in the rickety hall of mirrors where, surrounded by my image projected into infinity, I caught a glimpse of a shadow of some unimaginable horror. A strange sense of déjà vu… a second later, the shadow had vanished.
Yale Philharmonia, Shinik Hahm (conductor)