1335 South Michigan Ave
Midwest premieres of recent works by Bernard Rands and Augusta Read Thomas
World premieres of new pieces by Matthew Schreibeis and Daniel Pesca
as well as music by Carter, Berg, and Janáček
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. In the process, he has shared the stage with groups such as Ensemble Signal, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Imani Winds, and Ensemble Dal Niente. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, June in Buffalo, and festivals in Vermont, Spain, Italy, and Greece.
Among his past concerto credits are the Elliott Carter Double Concerto at Carnegie Hall, as well as solo appearances with the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Oberlin Sinfonietta. Most recently, Daniel performed Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their season finale in May.
Daniel is a co-director of the Zohn Collective, a new music group founded in 2017 with Hanna Hurwitz, Dieter Hennings, Tim Weiss, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. This season, Daniel joins the ensemble for several performances in Guadalajara, Mexico. The ensemble looks forward to the release of its first recording: a major song cycle by Zohn-Muldoon with soprano Tony Arnold. Daniel is featured on several other CDs—including a recording Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s piano concerto Diaries, written for Daniel.
Daniel has an eleven-year duo partnership with flutist Sarah Frisof. Their duo has performed over forty recitals, at venues such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Arts Club of Washington, the Dame Myra Hess concerts in Chicago, and at many universities and conservatories. Their recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner was released on Centaur Records in July 2016 to wide critical acclaim, and they will record their second CD this summer.
Daniel is Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Chamber Music Program at the University of Chicago. Next season, Daniel will be the pianist for the Grossman Ensemble, a newly-created ensemble-in-residence at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. He has also taught piano, piano literature, composition, and orchestration at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he led a class on contemporary keyboard music for four years and studied piano with Nelita True. He also studied piano with Logan Skelton and Rita Sloan.