Daniel Pesca, composer

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Daniel Pesca, pianist and composer, is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. He has played the world premieres of over one hundred solo and chamber works, many composed for him. In the process, he has shared the stage with leading ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, NYC’s Miller Theatre, at June in Buffalo, and at international festivals devoted to contemporary music. Daniel has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Oberlin Sinfonietta, and Slee Sinfonietta. His recordings include CDs from Urtext Classics, Centaur Records, and Oberlin Records, with new solo recordings slated for release on Nimbus and Albany this year.

Daniel is Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to his appointment at UMBC, Daniel was Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Chamber Music Program at the University of Chicago. He is the pianist of the Grossman Ensemble, the resident new music ensemble at UChicago. He is also co-founder, co-director, pianist, and composer of the Zohn Collective. Daniel holds a doctorate from Eastman.