Daniel Pesca, composer

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Daniel Pesca is a composer, pianist, and improvisor whose interpretations stand out for their creativity and dynamism. A champion of contemporary music, Daniel is a member of several ensembles noted for their innovative approach to the development of new work, including the Grossman Ensemble and the Zohn Collective. Daniel has performed the premieres of over one hundred pieces, many composed for him. He has performed as concerto soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Aspen New Music Ensemble, Orchestra of the League of Composers, and Slee Sinfonietta.

He is on recordings from Urtext Classics, Centaur, Albany, New Focus, CCCC, Nimbus, Furious Artisans, and Oberlin Records. His solo album Promontory, released fall 2021, includes world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, and Aaron Travers, plus compositions by Daniel.

Projects slated for 2022 include residencies with the Zohn Collective at Vanderbilt University, Notre Dame University, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival, recitals at University of California San Diego and Northern Illinois University, large-scale new works for the Grossman Ensemble and Constellations Chamber Concerts (Washington, DC), and a performance of Messiaen’s epic Des Canyons aux etoiles with the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh.

Since August 2019, Daniel is Assistant Professor of Music at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Previously, he was artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago, and also held teaching positions at Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and Northeastern Illinois University. Daniel holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music.