“…makes music in a way that is meaningful to audiences in the 21st Century.”
Associate Conductor – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Music Director – Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra
Director of Instrumental Music – Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts
“Firm, decisive,” “vital and engaging” and “with a droll sense of humor on the podium,” emerging American conductor Daniel Black has begun to attract attention as a conductor who “makes music in a way that is meaningful to audiences in the 21st Century.”
Daniel is the recipient of a 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, his second consecutive such award. In February 2016, he made his Subscription debut with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra unexpectedly: with only a few minutes notice, he had to step in for the second half of a performance which Miguel Harth-Bedoya was unable to finish due to illness. The following evening, he conducted the full program. Daniel has recently been promoted to associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, after having served two years as the assistant conductor. He is also music director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, and the director of Instrumental Music at the Wildwood Arts and Music Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has also been engaged as a cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony.
In 2016-17, guest-conducting engagements include the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. Daniel is a candidate for Music Director of both orchestras. The Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will release the first professional recording of John Harmon’s symphony, Crazy Horse. Daniel will also make his summer debut on the FWSO’s Concerts in the Garden series.
Prior guest-conducting engagements have included the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Alabama All-State Festival Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, South Shore Opera Company, St. Petersburg Symphony “Classica” and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel was previously assistant conductor of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Peninsula Music Festival, and was Conductor-in-Residence of Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival. He also had a very successful five-year tenure as music director of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra.
A conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Daniel has studied with Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Daniel Lewis, David Effron, and Gunther Schuller.
Daniel is an accomplished composer, and has received commissions from the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rockford Symphony, and UIC Theater Department, among others. He was the composer-in-residence for the International Horn Society’s 2014 Southeast Horn Workshop, and was a finalist and diploma winner of the International Prokofiev Composition Contest in April 2008.
Daniel has a strong connection to the Russian tradition of conducting, having studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University, and counting among his mentors Leonid Korchmar, Neil Varon and Victor Yampolsky. In addition, he has studied composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and privately with internationally-renown composer Richard Danielpour.