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Daniel Temkin

Philadelphia, PA         

Daniel Temkin (b. 1986) began composing at age thirteen. One of his earliest pieces was premiered in Lincoln Center and he has been a Composer-in-Residence with Music From Angel Fire (New Mexico), Chamber Music by the Bay (San Francisco), and the Intimacy of Creativity Festival (Hong Kong). Daniel’s work has been supported by many leading arts organizations including the Aaron Copland Fund, Amphion Foundation, American Composers Forum, BMI, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, Earshot, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and others.

Daniel is particularly recognized for his orchestra music. In 2016, MacArthur Fellow Bright Sheng conducted Rising Moon with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony performed Cataclysm, which received the orchestra’s Marilyn K. Glick Prize. Cataclysm was originally commissioned by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in 2013, and performed again by the USC Symphony in 2014. In 2013, Chasm was premiered by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and then subsequently selected by Robert Spano for a performance on the inaugural Aspen Composers Showcase. Daniel’s earlier pieces Regenerations and Rolling River have also been performed by the Nashville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and numerous festival and collegiate orchestras.

Daniel’s vocal and chamber music is also widely performed. In 2016-17, Daniel had premieres with the Tsanevski Quartet (Germany), the New England Piano Quartet (six-city China tour), and the Mirror Visions Ensemble (NYC), as well as the CD release of his work Blossoming, recorded by the PRISM Quartet for XAS/Naxos records. In 2017-18, Astral Artists has commissioned a new duo for violinists Nikki and Timothy Chooi, and the Weis Arts Center has commissioned a new work for double bassist Xavier Foley. Other projects include a violin concerto for Francisco Fullana, a song cycle for soprano Ariadne Greif, a chamber opera with writer Liz A. Johnson, and a new piano work for the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association.

Having trained in percussion and composition, Daniel was a fellow at the Aspen, Fontainebleau, and Brevard festivals, and he earned degrees at Curtis (A.D.), New England Conservatory (M.M.), and the University of Southern California (D.M.A.). Daniel is a faculty member at the Walden festival in New Hampshire, and he has previously been a Lecturer at Rutgers and Bucknell. Daniel resides in central-Pennsylvania with his wife, pianist Qing Jiang. (www.danieltemkincomposer.com)

The Bitter Salt of the Sea (2015) for String Quartet

Live Performance from Contemporary Works @ Art Share L.A.; Francisco Fullana, violin; YuEun Kim, violin; Meredith Crawford, viola; Peter Myers, cello. (February 21, 2016 – Recorded by Louis Ng.)

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Cataclysm (2014) for Large Orchestra

Live performance from New Music for Orchestra @ Bovard Auditorium; Thornton Symphony Orchestra & Donald Crockett, conductor. (Oct 23, 2014 – Recorded by Ted Ancona.)

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Butterflies and Dragons (2012) for Sextet

2nd Annual Melos Music Festival in San Francisco, CA; Nonsemble 6 with Daniel Temkin, percussion. (Aug 2012 – Recorded by Tony Bella.)

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NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox May 27 2019 | By Daniel Temkin
Ethical Artistry: Does Any of This Really Matter? If So, What Practical Steps Can I Take?

The change we seek in our new music ecosystem isn’t going to occur by spouting off in anger on a Facebook thread. We have to take this passion and conviction...

NewMusicBox May 20 2019 | By Daniel Temkin
Ethical Artistry: Changing our Approach & Evaluating our Efforts

Many of us care about ethical artistry, but how do we measure our efforts? And how do we balance competing demands? This week, Dan Temkin digs into some general tenets...

NewMusicBox May 13 2019 | By Daniel Temkin
Ethical Artistry: Falling Short—Logistics, Programming, and the Moral Complexity of Well-Intentioned Decisions

As a musical community, we strive to promote positive virtues in our work, yet clearly problems persist. So why do we fall short? Dan Temkin is back this week to...

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