Daniel Bassin, Guest Conductor March 11, 12 2017
Daniel Bassin is an active conductor, composer, trumpeter and educatorliving in Buffalo, NY, and he is excited to return to conduct the Southern Tier Symphony this season. Dr. Bassin is Music Director/Conductor of the SUNY Buffalo State College Philharmonia and also at Buffalo’s historic Unitarian Universalist Church. He served as Music Director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2016, and this year joins the faculty of Buffalo’s prestigious Nichols School.Daniel came to Western New York after working for five years in New York City as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra.
During the fall of 2008, Daniel acted as assistant conductor for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra’s 16-city tour of the American West Coast and Midwest, and in summer 2010 his string quartet Typographies II was performed by the Arditti Quartet at the June in Buffalo Festival. He had his debut conducting the SleeSinfonietta, Buffalo’s professional new music chamber orchestra, in 2012, and in 2013 he was a featured conductor at the Ensemble Linea/Peter Eötvös master classes at France’s Royaumont Abbey. In November 2013, he had the honor of conducting the music of his teacher, David Felder, as part of an A Musical Feast retrospective and 60th birthday concert for the composer at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and the following year led performances of inaugural WBFO Visiting Professor, Douglas Fitch’s Center for Fine Arts production, How Did We…? Daniel made his MATA Festival conducting debut in New York City in May 2015, leading the New York premiere of Jason Buchanan’s opera, Hunger.. In June 2015, hehad his Kleinhans Music Hall debut, as part of the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, and that summer he also presented site-specific versions of his own music in Buffalo’s Silo City. In February, 2016, Daniel was featured guest conductor for the Erie County Music Educator’s Association (ECMEA) Senior Orchestra, leading the elite, 107-piece orchestra in a program of Wagner and Tchaikovsky.
A passionate advocate of both the music of our time and neglected masterworks,Bassin has ledmore than 100 new compositions in world premiere performancesand also presentedover40rare classics in their Western New York-area first hearings. His performances have taken him to 37 countries and 42 American states. Featured numerous times in Buffalo’s ArtVoiceClassical Music Notes column, reviewer Jan Jezioro has recently proclaimed that Daniel “consistently programs some of the most innovated classical music in Western New York.” He received his initial training in NY public schools and the Juilliard Pre-College, followed by the New England Conservatory (B.M. with Honors in Composition), Bard College (M.F.A. in Orchestral Conducting), and in the spring of 2014 he was awarded the PhD in Composition from the University at Buffalo.
Past Guest Conductor September 17, 18, 2016
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