Daniel Black, Associate Conductor
“Firm, decisive,” “vital and engaging” and “with a droll sense of humor on the podium,” Canada-based American conductor Daniel Black has begun to attract attention as a conductor who “makes music in a way that is meaningful to audiences in the 21st century.”
After a successful first season as assistant conductor of The Florida Orchestra, Black was promoted to associate conductor for the 2019/20 season. In 2019/20, he will make his guest conducting debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Season highlights include a Masterworks program with TFO featuring violinist Benjamin Bielman, the films Back to the Future and Return of the Jedi with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and TFO; summer concerts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and more than forty additional performances with TFO.
Black is on the IMG Artists list of approved conductors for film concerts with orchestra, having conducted very successful performances in 2018/19 of Home Alone and The Wizard of Oz with TFO and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, respectively. He also made his podium debut with Michigan Opera Theatre in 2019, conducting Bernstein’s Candide to enthusiastic reviews.
Additional highlights of recent seasons include guest conducting engagements with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company in Dnipro, Ukraine, as well as engagements as assistant conductor for opera productions with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre St. Louis, and the Florentine Opera Company. In 2018, he also was one of eight recipients of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, his third such honor.
Black’s previous guest conducting engagements have included the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Basically Beethoven Festival, Owensboro Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and South Shore Opera Company. As music director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, he created the first professional recording of John Harmon’s Crazy Horse symphony and presented the midwest premiere of the work, a performance which was hailed as “one of the most momentous evenings in the [130-year] history of the Grand Opera House.”
Black won the 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship, working with conductor Stephen Lord and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also toured China as assistant conductor of the Chinese premiere of composer/conductor Bright Sheng’s opera Dream of the Red Chamber. During his tenure as associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he conducted over 150 performances. Black was the recipient of consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards in 2015 and 2016. He has been engaged as cover conductor by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
A former conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, he has studied with Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Daniel Lewis, David Effron, and Gunther Schuller.
Also an accomplished composer, Black was the composer-in-residence for the International Horn Society’s 2014 Southeast Horn Workshop, and he was a finalist and diploma winner of the International Prokofiev Composition Contest in April 2008.
Fluent in Russian, Black has studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University, counting among his mentors Leonid Korchmar, Neil Varon and Victor Yampolsky. He has studied composition with Richard Danielpour. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, hornist Marie-Sonja Cotineau, and their cat Zelda.
For more information about Daniel Black, please visit danielblackconductor.com.