Composer of the Month January 2020: Daniel Dorff

Daniel DorffDaniel Dorff's music is frequently performed and recorded worldwide; in the 5 years since its publication, 30 flutists have shared YouTube performances of his Sonata (Three Lakes). Dorff has written 7 commissions for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra's KinderKonzert series has performed his music over 200 times. The 2019-20 season features performances of his Concerto for Contrabassoon by the Colorado Symphony, and multiple performances of his recent Concertino for Flute. Dorff's works have been presented by Young Audiences (over 1000 opera performances in schools), the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), many leading orchestras, clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, pianists Jeremy Denk and Marc-André Hamelin, and many of the world's leading flutists. He has also done arrangements for James Galway, Keith Emerson, and Lisa Loeb. Acclaim began at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania and studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher and bass clarinet with Ronald Reuben. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002. YouTube videos of his compositions and arrangements have received over 1,000,000 views. His works are published by Theodore Presser Co.

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Listen to Zoe & Xena - A Romp in the Park (Keith Hanlon, Piccolo, Daniel Dorff, Bass Clarinet):