Daniel Leo, (b. 1991), began playing the violin at 5 and composing at 12. His music has been performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall; Symphony Space, New York; Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music; and others. His works have been read by the JACK Quartet, the New York Youth Symphony, and the Mannes Orchestra with performances by the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, the Alaria ensemble, and the Las Vegas Academy Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras. Daniel is also an avid conductor of his works as well as the works of other composers and colleagues. He is a recipient of the Carl Kanter Prize in Orchestral Composition, Presser Foundation Scholarship, Jean Schneider Goberman award in composition, winner of the CIRCE competition, and finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award 2014-16.
He has been an active member of the New York Youth Symphony composition program from 2012-2014. Daniel received his Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his Bachelor of Music at Mannes College The New School for Music where his principal teachers were Richard Danielpour and David Tcimpidis, respectively. He has also studied with Derek Bermel, Lowell Liebermann, Martin Bresnick, George Lewis, David Ludwig, Robert Paterson, Ken Ueno, Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, and Steven Stucky. Daniel is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Frank Ticheli.