Daniel Pesca, pianist and composer, is both a passionate advocate for new music and a committed performer of the chamber music repertoire. He has shared the stage with many leading new music ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, Dal Niente, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, the Teatro Diana in Guadalajara, on the Dame Myra Hess concerts in Chicago, at June in Buffalo, and at festivals devoted to contemporary music in Spain, Italy, and Greece. Among his concerto credits are a performance of the Elliott Carter Double Concerto at Zankel Hall, and solo appearances with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Slee Sinfonietta, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Oberlin Sinfonietta. He performs regularly with the Eastman BroadBand ensemble.
Daniel is featured on recordings from Block M Records and Urtext Classics—including a performance of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s piano concerto, Diaries, dedicated to Daniel. His recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner with flutist Sarah Frisof was released on Centaur Records in July 2016. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music (May 2016), where he led a class on contemporary keyboard music and studied piano with Nelita True. He has held teaching positions at Ithaca College and Syracuse University. He now serves as Director of Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, where he collaborates frequently with faculty and student composers.