• Biography

    Conductor Daniel Brier is Music Director ad Interim of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he joined as Assistant Conductor in 2014 and Resident Conductor in 2016. In recent seasons, he has guest conducted the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, and Andrews Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Bobby McFerrin, Ian Greenlaw, Antonina Chehovska, Vince Yi, Gil Goldstein and more.

     

    Highlights of Daniel's 2017-18 season include two live movies (Star Wars: A New Hope and A Jungle Book), three performances of The Nutcracker, and his Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Series debut featuring Tchaikovsky's Pathetique and collaborations with violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker.

     

    An ardent advocate for contemporary music, Daniel 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 Has recently conducted works written by contemporary masters including George Walker, Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Mason Bates, Jessie Montgomery, and more. In 2016, he commissioned and conducted the world premiere of Daniel Cappelletti’s The Night Before Christmas, with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

     

    Previously, Daniel was Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra, Assistant 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 2017

    *Please disregard all previous materials

     

  • 2017-2018 Season

    Walker, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky

    September 16, 2017 - 8 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

     

    Walker: Sinfonia No. 4 "Strands"

    Sibelius: Violin Concerto

    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"

    Gershwin's Magic Key

    October 8, 2017 - 3 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Classical Kids LIVE!

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Star Wars - A New Hope In Concert

    October 12, 2017 - 8 PM

    October 13, 2017 - 8 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    All-4-One

    November 4, 2017 - 8 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    All-4-One

    The Nutcracker

    December 9, 2017 - 2 & 7 PM

    December 10, 2017 - 2 PM

    Ballet Arts Ensemble

    Cathleen Huling, Artistic Director

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

    Sounds of the Season - Music from the Movies

    December 16, 2017 - 8 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Kalamazoo Children's Chorus

    Sara Andon, Flute

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Program to include highlights from It's Wonderful Life, Elf, Polar Express, Frozen, and more.

    Tchaikovsky Discovers America

    February 11, 2018 - 3 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Classical Kids LIVE!

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

    Arrival from Sweden - The Music of ABBA

    March 3, 2018 - 8 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    All-4-One

    Disney in Concert: The Jungle Book

    May 26, 2018 - 3 PM

    Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

    Daniel Brier, Conductor

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