Cincinnati-based composer Daniel Harrison (b.1987) writes music that is recognizable for its poetic melodic and harmonic expressiveness. His works are characterized by uniquely striking combinations of instrumental colors and unfolding linear forms.
Recent projects include an English horn solo for Sara Renner; a piece for saxophone and flute for Tower Duo; a commission by Cincinnati Soundbox for mezzo-soprano Lauren McAllister, percussionist Jacob Dike, and bassist Kate Alexandra; and a commission for band for Danny Holland. Upcoming projects include a piece for University of South Florida percussion ensemble.
Daniel's music has been internationally performed by numerous outstanding performers and ensembles such as members of Fifth House Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Iktus Percussion Ensemble, All of the Above, the CCM Chorale, and Hypercube. In 2015 and 2017, he was a finalist for ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. In 2015 he was awarded a commission to compose a new work for chorus and electronics for a recording project for the CCM chorale. He was recently named the Ohio Music Teachers Association's commissioned composer for 2016. His music has been recently performed at the Red Note New Music Festival and the New Music on the Bayou festival.
Daniel earned master's and doctoral degrees in composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with Michael Fiday and Douglas Knehans. He received a bachelor's degree in composition and jazz performance from the University of South Florida, where his principle teachers included Baljinder Sekhon, Paul Reller, and Michael Timpson.