• Biography

    Daniel Brier is an emerging conductor committed to compelling, and engaging performances of diverse repertoire. He is currently the Resident Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he joined as Assistant Conductor in 2014. As Resident Conductor, he leads over a dozen concerts each season.

     

    Increasingly active as a guest conductor, Daniel has led performances with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Orion Chamber Orchestra, Andrews Symphony Orchestra, and the major choral and orchestral ensembles of the University of Michigan. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Bobby McFerrin, Ian Greenlaw, Antonina Chehovska, Vince Yi, Gil Goldstein, Louis Cato, Jeans’N’Classics, and more. In the pit, he has conducted opera and ballet productions including Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

     

    An ardent advocate for contemporary music, he has collaborated with the studios of Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng to premiere works by Peter Shin, Zac Lavender, Jon Boggs, and Nate May. In addition to his support of emerging composers, Daniel also regularly performs works written by contemporary masters. In 2016, he is conducting the world premiere of Daniel Cappelletti’s The Night Before Christmas, commissioned by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

     

    Previously, Daniel completed successful stints as founding Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra, Cover Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, and conductor of the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers. In 2010, he was awarded a prize for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s International Conducting Competition. Later, in 2012, Daniel received an invitation to study privately with John Nelson at the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Additionally, Mr. Brier has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin.

     

    Daniel Brier received his musical training at the University of Michigan’s renowned conducting program earning degrees in orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. While at the University of Michigan, he served as an assistant conductor for the world premiere recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie d'Eschyle conducted by Kenneth Kiesler. Recorded live on Naxos, the album earned a GRAMMY® nomination in 2015. He is a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors, the Dr. Charlene Archibeque scholarship for choral conductors, and the Dorothy Greenwald scholarship.

     

     

    Updated May 2016

    *Please disregard all previous materials

  • Upcoming PErformances

    Gershwin's Magic Key

    Excerpts from:

    Catfish Row: Symphonic Suite in Five Parts

    Second Rhapsody (New York Rhapsody)

    An American in Paris

    Concerto in F

    Cuban Overture

    Rhapsody in Blue

     

    Featured Standards:

    “Strike Up The Band” (Gershwin – MacPherson)

    “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (Norworth and Tilzer)

    “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise”

    “Nice Work If You Can Get It” (Gershwin – Bennett)

    “Rialto Ripples” (Gershwin – Tyzik)

    “I Got Rhythm” (Gershwin – Bennett)

    “Fascinating Rhythm” (Gershwin-Warner)

    Andrews Symphony Orchestra

    October 29, 2016

    Andrews Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Program: TBA

    The Night Before Christmas

    December 18, 2016 - 3:00 PM

    Chenery Auditorium

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Capelletti: The Night Before Christmas (World Premiere)

    Classics Uncorked

    January 27, 2017 - 8:00 PM

    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra - Artists in Residence
    Daniel Brier, Host

    Featuring music by Smetana, Ireland and others.

    Classics On Tap

    January 28, 2017 - 8:00 PM

    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra - Artists in Residence
    Daniel Brier, Host

    Featuring music by Smetana, Ireland and others.

    Kalamazoo Symphony Youth Concerts

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Antonina Chehovska, Soprano

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Bernstein: Overture to Candide

    Ravel: Conversations with Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose

    Puccini: "Si, mi chiamano Mimí" from La Bohéme

    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

    Bernstein: Make Our Garden Grow

    Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

    February 19, 2017 - 3:00 PM

    Chenery Auditorium

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Excerpts from:

    Magic Flute, Overture

    Clarinet Quintent, Mvmt. II

    Sonata in C Major, Mvmt. I

    Magic Flute, Drei Knäbchen

    Symphony No. 1, Mvmt. I

    Allegro in B-flat

    Marriage of Figaro, Overture

    Flute Quartet in D, Mvmt. II

    Magic Flute, “Der Vogelfänger”

    Magic Flute, “O ew’ge Nacht”

    Magic Flute, “Wie stark”

    Magic Flute, Allegro/’Was Klinget’

    Minuet in G for Piano

    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mvmt. I

    Ave Verum Corpus

    Don Giovanni, Act I Finale Minuet

    Variations on “Ah, Vous Dirai-je”, Mvmts. I, II, IX and XII

    Magic Flute, “Marsch der Priester”

    Magic Flute, “Der Holle Röche”

    Magic Flute, March

    Sonata in A Major, Mvmt. I

    Magic Flute, Finale

  • REcent PErformances

    Carnegie Hall Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

    May 10, 2016 - 9:15 AM

    May 10, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    Adrian Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    "Melody is one of the universal elements of music. Composers and musicians create melodies, which can be sung or played on instruments. The orchestra sings when its musicians play melodies on their instruments. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we will discover how the orchestra sings."

    Peter and the Wolf

    March 15, 2016 - 9:15 AM; March 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

    Adrian Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

    Youth Concerts

    March 7, 2016 - 9:45 AM; 11:25 AM

    March 8, 2016 - 9:45 AM; 11:25 AM

    March 9, 2016 - 9:45 AM; 11:25 AM

    March 10, 2016 - 9:45 AM; 11:25 AM

    March 11, 2016 - 9:45 AM; 11:25 AM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Ian Greenlaw, Baritone

    Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers

    Higdon: Machine

    Grieg: Holberg Suite - I. Preludium

    Holst: St. Paul’s Suite - II. Ostinato

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - I. Vivace

    Bates: “Warehouse Medicine” from “The B-Sides”

    Rossini: Largo al Factotum from “The Barber of Seville”

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 - IV. Allegro non troppo

    Williams: Star Wars - Main Title

    Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

    January 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Excerpts from...

    Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets, D Major

    Vivaldi: String Concerto, RV 121

    Vivaldi: Four Seasons

    Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto

    Vivaldi: Il Gardellino

    Vivaldi: Trumpet Concerto

    Vivaldi: Double Orchestra Concerto

    Vivaldi: Alla Rustica

    Vivaldi: La Notte

    Vivaldi: String Concerto

    Classics Uncorked

    January 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Yukie Ota, Flute

    Gabriel Renteria, Oboe

    Scott Thornburgh, Trumpet

    Julia Neckermann, Violin

    Burdick-Thorne String Quartet

    Bach: Brandeburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047

    Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

    Classics On Tap

    January 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

    Bell's Eccentric Café

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Yukie Ota, Flute

    Gabriel Renteria, Oboe

    Scott Thornburgh, Trumpet

    Julia Neckermann, Violin

    Burdick-Thorne String Quartet

    Bach: Brandeburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047

    Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

    The Nutcracker

    December 5, 2015 - 2:00 PM; 7:00 PM

    December 6, 2015 - 2:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

    Beethoven Lives Upstairs

    October 4, 2015 - 3:00PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Andrew Redlawsk as Christoph & Jeff Kuhl as Uncle

    Excerpts from...

    Beethoven: Symphony 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

    Beethoven: Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major

    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

    Beethoven: Polonaise für Militärmusik in D major

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto 1, 5

    The Violin Goes to the Movies

    August 22, 2015 - 7:30 PM

    Whiting Park Festival Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Guest Conductor

    Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

    Whiting Park Pavilion, Whiting, IN

    Strommen: Salute to the Cinema

    Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro (Prince of Tides)

    Mendelssohn: Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra

    III. Allegretto non troppo--Allegro molto vivace (Rhapsody)

    Gardel: Tango (Por Una Cabeza) (Scent of a Woman)

    Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace – Poco più presto (There Will Be Blood)

    -----Intermission-----

    Gershwin/Whitney: An American In Paris Suite

    Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G Major for Violin and Orchestra

    III. Rondeau. Allegro (Master and Commander)

    Williams: Theme from Schindler's List (Schindler's List)

    Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra

    III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimo (Unfaithfully Yours)

    Back to Back: Elton John and Billy Joel

    August 8, 2015 - 7:30 PM

    Whiting Park Festival Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Guest Conductor

    Jeans'N'Classics, Guest Artists

    Whiting Park Pavilion, Whiting, IN

    The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel

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