Meet the Chamber Music Program Director and coaches.
Daniel Pesca, Director
Pianist and composer Daniel Pesca is both a passionate advocate for new music and a committed performer of the chamber music repertoire. He seeks a musical practice that mingles the solo and the collaborative, the new and the old—bringing different musics into conversation with one another. He has shared the stage with many leading new music ensembles, including Ensemble Signal, Dal Niente, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has recently performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, on the Dame Myra Hess concerts, at June in Buffalo, and at festivals devoted to contemporary music in Spain, Italy, and Greece.
Daniel is featured on recordings from Block M Records and Urtext Classics—including a performance of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s piano concerto, Diaries, dedicated to Daniel. His recording of the music of Joseph Schwantner, with flutist Sarah Frisof, was released on Centaur Records in July 2016. He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he led a class on contemporary keyboard literature and studied piano with Nelita True.
Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With its most recent album described by Gramophone as “highly-interactive, creative and collaborative…unlike anything its intended audience—or anyone else—has ever heard,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.
SPEKTRAL QUARTET is
Clara Lyon (violin) Maeve Feinberg (violin)
Doyle Armbrust (viola) Russell Rolen (cello)