…makes music in a way that is meaningful to audiences in the 21st Century.

Director of Instrumental Music – Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts

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“Firm, decisive,” “vital and engaging” and “with a droll sense of humor on the podium,” Canada-based 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.”

In 2017-18, Daniel makes his debut as guest conductor with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company (in Dnipro, Ukraine) in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also debuts with Michigan Opera Theatre, serving as assistant conductor for productions of Rigoletto and Le Nozze di Figaro. He also will serve as assistant conductor with the Florentine Opera Company’s production of Die Zauberflöte, with a second consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship; and will return as Director of Instrumental Music at the Wildwood Arts and Music Academy in Little Rock.

Daniel’s previous guest-conducting engagements have included the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Basically Beethoven Festival, the Owensboro Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the South Shore Opera Company. As Music Director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, he created the first professional recording of John Harmon’s Crazy Horse symphony, and presented the Midwest Premiere of the work, a performance which was hailed as “one of the most momentous evenings in the [130-year] history of the Grand Opera House.”

Daniel won the 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship, working with conductor Stephen Lord and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also toured China as assistant conductor of the Chinese premiere of composer/conductor Bright Sheng’s opera Dream of the Red Chamber. As Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Daniel conducted over 150 performances, including stepping in at a moment’s notice for his Subscription debut in place of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Daniel was the recipient of consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards in 2015 and 2016. He has been engaged as cover conductor by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony.

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.

Also an accomplished composer, Daniel 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.

Fluent in Russian, Daniel has studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University, counting among his mentors Leonid Korchmar, Neil Varon and Victor Yampolsky. He has studied composition with Richard Danielpour.  Daniel lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, hornist Marie-Sonja Cotineau, and their cat Zelda.