Daniel Brier is entering his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, he has recently conducted the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Orion Chamber Orchestra, Spectrum Orchestra, and all the major choral and orchestral ensembles at the University of Michigan. He has collaborated with artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Bobby McFerrin, Ian Greenlaw, Gil Goldstein, Jeans’N’Classics, and Tim Marrone.
Whether conducting Brahms with Rachel Barton Pine, Elton John with Jeans’N’Classics, or Gershwin with Bobby McFerrin; Daniel is committed to compelling performances of the highest artistry. In the pit, he has led productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. An advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered Peter Shin’s Power and Light, Zac Lavender’s Battery, John Boggs’ Wanderlust: Beginnings, and Nate May’s Essay for Chamber Orchestra.
Before assuming his duties in Kalamazoo, Daniel was the founding music director of the Spectrum Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Lexington Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Orchestras, and conductor of the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers. In 2010, Daniel was awarded a prize for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s International Conducting Masterclass and Competition. He has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin.
While in graduate school, Daniel 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. Daniel completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s acclaimed conducting program where he studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kielser and choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. 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 August 2015
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