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, 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, where he is 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. He is co-director of the Zohn Collective, a new music ensemble that has recently completed projects in Guadalajara, Mexico and Oberlin, Ohio.
Daniel has a duo partnership with flutist Sarah Frisof (University of Maryland). They have performed over forty recitals at venues such as Interlochen, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Dame Myra Hess concerts in Chicago. Their recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner was released on Centaur Records, and their second CD is forthcoming. Daniel’s other CD recordings feature works by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. New recordings of solo music by Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, and Matthew Schreibeis are slated for release in 2019.
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