Daniel Burwasser was born in New Brunswick, NJ ,and is an American composer, percussionist, and teacher. The grandson of opera singer Leo Burwasser, 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 PhD. 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. As a composer, Burwasser has scored music for the audio versions of children's books and for cable television productions. His works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in South Korea, Armenia, Slovakia, and Russia. He is better 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 recorded by the Slovak Radio Orchestra, Robert Stankovsky, conductor. His most recent recording is "Whirlwind" for woodwind quintet which was recorded by the Arcadian Winds and released on Navona in 2016.
Burwasser serves as Director of Instrumental Music at New York City's Talent Unlimited High School of the Performing Arts, Principal Conductor of the New York All-City High School Jazz Ensemble,and Assistant Professor of Music at Hunter College.