Daniel Burwasser, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is an American composer, percussionist, and teacher. Burwasser has been writing and playing music since the age of 5. Originally a student of the piano, he eventually progressed to other forms of percussion, including drum set and orchestral percussion. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Temple University, and then went on to receive his Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in Music Composition. During that time he studied with many of the music world's leading contemporary composers including Robert Moevs, Charles Wuorinen, Noel DaCosta, David Olan and David Del Tredici. This myriad of influences can be heard in the diversity of Burwasser's own works. He has received grants from The American Music Center and Meet the Composer.
Critics have described Burwasser's music as highly communicative, emotionally charged, actively engaging, refreshingly lyrical, and displaying a fine sense of balance and proportion. His works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in South Korea, Armenia, Slovakia, and Russia. He is known as the composer of works such as Flux, recorded by The Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop conductor; Catching Fireflies, recorded by The Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz conductor, and A Well Traveled Road recorded by the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Robert Stankovsky, conductor. Other recorded works include Whirlwind for woodwind quintet by the Arcadian Winds and released on Navona Records. Puck's Game recorded by the Sirius Quartet was also released on Navona on an album entitled, Playing on the Edge 2. This album received a Global Music Award Silver Medal nomination for Outstanding Achievement in the string quartet category in 2020.
Burwasser has received numerous commissions including several works for the Downtown Chamber Players, electric violist Martha Mooke, bassoonist Mark Ortwein, oboist Elizabeth Knott, the Kalliope Reed Quintet, and the Idaho Falls, Idaho school district. Many of these works have been recorded and are slated for release in 2022.
In addition to these commissions, three of Burwasser's percussion-featured works, Groove Moves for percussion octet, Snapshots for solo snare drum, and Grooves and Riffs for tuba, french horn and drum set will be featured in a new recording by percussionist Zach Paris on Baldwin Records in 2022. Another of Burwasser's recent works, Modus Operandi, was given its world premiere on December 15, 2021 by the Jackson Heights Orchestra, Patricia Glunt, musical director and conductor. Puck's Game was performed by the Sirius Quartet in September, 2022 at Weill Recital Hall in New York. In 2023, Burwasser will be releasing his first solo album of all his Parma/Navona works.
Burwasser's works are published by Imagine Music Publishing and Ensemble Publications. They can also be purchased on Sheet Music Plus and Sheet Music Direct. Burwasser currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Hunter College, CUNY.
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