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Daniel Kessner

Chatsworth (Los Angeles), CA         

Born in Los Angeles in 1946, Daniel Kessner studied with Henri Lazarof at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his Ph.D. with Distinction in 1971. Major awards include the Queen Marie-José International Composition Prize in Geneva, 1972, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from Arts International, a Fulbright Senior Scholar award in 2003 to perform and lecture at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant for a residency at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2007, and a similar one for a residency at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal in 2011. He has written more than 130 compositions in all genres, 23 of which have been recorded on phonorecords and CDs. His works have received more than 700 performances worldwide. He has appeared five times as Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, three times with the Black Sea Philharmonic of Romania, and has conducted six concerts with the Black Sea New Music Ensemble. As a flutist, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe in solo and chamber recitals. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at California State University, Northridge, where he taught composition, theory, and directed The Discovery Players (formerly the New Music Ensemble) from 1970 through 2006. Following his retirement from CSUN he taught briefly at the University of Hawaii and The University of Southern California.


Complete information on scores and recordings available on personal website: http://daniel.kessnerfamily.org/, or by request via e-mail: dkessner@csun.edu.

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Headlines January 14 2014 | By Daniel Kessner
Henri Lazarof (1932-2013), Who Dominated My Life for Six Years

Henri Lazarof believed in working very hard to develop the tools a composer needs. For example, he knew every instrument inside and out, and insisted that we all learn them...