Our conductor

Daniel Black

Daniel Black

Wisconsin-born conductor Daniel Black comes to the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra after having recently appointed assistant conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Daniel has guest-conducted numerous professional orchestras and opera companies, including the Rockford Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, South Shore Opera Company, St. Petersburg Symphony “Classica” and the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He was an assistant conductor of the Spoleto USA Music Festival, and was twice previously assistant conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin. In 2012-13 he was also the Conductor-in-Residence of the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago. He recently completed a successful five-year tenure as music director of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Daniel has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Brevard Music Festival, where he studied with widely acclaimed conductors Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Daniel Lewis, David Effron, and Gunther Schuller. He has also participated in high-profile conducting master classes with Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music, and Edo de Waart with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Belgium.

Daniel is also an accomplished composer, cultivating a neo-Romantic style that incorporates both tonal and atonal techniques. He has received commissions from the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rockford Symphony, and UIC Theater Department, among others. He was a finalist and diploma winner of the International Prokofiev Composition Contest in April 2008. He was recently the composer-in-residence for the International Horn Society’s 2014 Southeast Horn Workshop.

A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Daniel is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he worked primarily with Victor Yampolsky. In addition, he has studied composition privately with internationally-renown composer Richard Danielpour.