Daniel Black, Assistant 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.”
Recently appointed assistant conductor, this season Black will conduct over twenty performances with TFO, including Pops, Coffee Concerts, and a matinee performance of Mahler’s First Symphony, while working closely with Music Director Michael Francis, Principal Guest Conductor Stuart Malina, and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. He will conduct Bernstein’s Candide with Michigan Opera Theatre in March, and will make his debut as guest conductor of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra in April 2019. Black also was one of eight recipients of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2018 – his third such honor.
In 2017/18, Black made his debut as guest conductor with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company (in Dnipro, Ukraine) in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also debuted with Michigan Opera Theatre, serving as assistant conductor for productions of Rigoletto and Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition, he served as assistant conductor with the Florentine Opera Company’s production of Die Zauberflöte, with a second consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship; and continued as director of instrumental music at the Wildwood Arts and Music Academy in Little Rock.
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. As associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he conducted over 150 performances, including stepping in at a moment’s notice for his subscription debut in place of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. 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 and the St. Louis Symphony.
A conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the 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, he was the composer-in-residence for the International Horn Society’s 2014 Southeast Horn Workshop and 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.