Daniel Kessner

Composer, Conductor, Flutist.



CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail: dkessner@csun.edu

Address: Music Department
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330-8314
Telephone: 818-677-3184
Fax: 818-677-3164

 

TO OBTAIN SCORES/CDs:

Scores: Theodore Front Musical Literature

CDs: Amazon Classical Music

 

COMING EVENTS 2016

May 28 - performance of Aria Adrift by Ayana Terauchi (Senior Recital), Chapel Lane Church, Midland, Michigan

June 7 - performance of Oboe Concerto by Richard Kravchak, oboe, with the string orchestra of the North/South Consonance Ensemble, Max Lifchitz - Director, Christ & St. Stephen's Church, New York

June 21 - Festival Forfest, Kromeriz, Czech Republic; performances of Reverberance and Suite for Four Guitars by the Quartetto Apeiron.

August 11-14 - National Flute Association Convention; premiere of Concerto Grosso, for flute choir; more to follow

August 21 - Recital at l'Eglise Saint-Merry, Paris, with Carla Rees - flutes, Daniel Kessner - flutes, Dolly Eugenio Kessner - piano; premiere of Focus, for two alto flutes and piano

August 27 - XVI Festival International de Musique en Catalogne; recital Duo Kessner; performances of Aria Adrift and others

RECENT PERFORMANCES, 2016

February 10 - performance of Nuance, version for alto flute & violin, by rarescale, Carla Rees & Marie Schreer, at the Forge, Camden, London

February 20 - Flute-Guitar recital with Jordan Charnofsky, including performance of A Serene Music, for solo bass flute, and the US Premiere of Tableaux, for bass flute & guitar; Santa Monica Library

February 27 - performance of Suite for Four Guitars by the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles, Chapelle de l'Oratoire, Le Mans

March 4 - premiere of Eight Preludes for Solo Alto, Bass, or other Low Flute, Peter Sheridan, Ostin Room, UCLA, Los Angeles

March 13 - performances of Tableaux, for bass flute & guitar, and Alto Rhapsody, for alto flute & piano, by the Duo Kessner and Jordan Charnofsky - guitar, California State University, Northridge

April 21 - performance of River of Time, UCLA Sinfonietta, Neal Stulberg - Conductor, Hear/Now Festival, Los Angeles

April 21 - performance of A Knocktet, an octet for unpitched percussion, by the CSUN Percussion Ensemble, John Magnussen - Director

April 23 - Rencontre musicale au Passage Sainte-Croix, Nantes (lecture with music); excerpts from Cantique aux animaux/Cantata No. 3 by the choirs of the Maîtrise de la Perverie, Gilles Gérard - Director, and the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles

April 24 - private recital of the Duo Kessner and friends, with guitarist Michel Grizard and cellist Cécile Grizard;  performances of A Serene Music, for solo alto flute, Valse (un peu espagnol), pour guitare et violoncelle, and Prière et scherzo, for bass flute and piano, and works by Bach, Gaubert, Ibert, and Villa-Lobos in Pornic, France

April 24 - performance of Tous les Matins ... , by Firouzeh Taghadossi-Navai at the First Tehran International Contemporary Music Festival, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran, Iran

April 26 - Premiere of Cantique aux animaux/Cantata No. 3 by the choirs of the Maîtrise de la Perverie, Gilles Gérard - Director, and the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles, Chapelle de l'Immaculée, Nantes

April 28 - chamber recital, Duo Kessner and friends, with guitarists Philippe Rayer and Michel Grizard and cellist Cécile Grizard; premiere of selected Etudes de Concert, for solo guitar, performances of Valse (un peu espagnol), pour guitare et violoncelle, Shades of Pastel, for alto flute and prepared guitar, and Prière et scherzo, for bass flute and piano, and works by Bach, Gaubert, Ibert, and Villa-Lobos at l'Ecole Municipale de Musique, Carquefou, France

RECENT PERFORMANCES, 2015

January 10 - performance of Alto Rhapsody, for alto flute and piano, by the Duo Kessner at the NACUSA-LA concert at the home of Deon Nielsen Price, Culver City, CA

February 15 –performances of Alto Rhapsody, for alto flute and piano, Tous les matins ... , for solo bass flute, and Prière et scherzo, for bass flute and piano at l'Eglise Saint-Merry, Paris; Duo Kessner

March 1 – premiere of Oboe Concerto, performance of Idyll, Marshall University Sixth Annual Festival of New Music; Richard Kravchak – oboe, Festival Orchestra, Steven Trinkle – conductor

March 8 – performance of Suite variée, Ensemble de Guitares de l’Agglomération Nantaise

March 15 – US premiere of du temps jadis, Faculty Composers Recital, CSUN, Sarah Wass – flute, Nancy Roth – viola, Steve Thachuk – guitar, and David Aks - cello

April 20 – performances of Symphony in Silver, Symphony No. 2 for Percussion, and A Knocktet, UT Arlington Percussion Ensemble – Michael Varner, Director, and the Maverick Flute Choir, conducted by the composer

April 23 – performance of Balkan Dance, CSUN Wind Ensemble, Lawrence Stoffel – conductor, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge 

April 28 – performance of Cantiones duarum vocum by Mainly Two, Marie Schreer and John Garner, The Russet in London

May 3 – premiere of piano quartet version of Undercurrent/Current at Hear Now Festival, Los Angeles; Shalini Vijayan - violin, Luke Maurer - viola, Timothy Loo - violoncello, Joanne Pearce Martin - piano; First Lutheran Church of Venice

May 5 - performance of Cantiones duarum vocum by Mainly Two, Marie Schreer and John Garner, St. Stephen's Walbrook, London

May 23-24 – Laon and Vervins, Picardie; two performances of Suite de chorals variés, first two performances of Valse (un peu espagnol) pour violoncelle et guitare, premiere of Lamentation, pour quatre guitares, and performance of Suite pour quatre guitares; Ensemble de Guitares de l’Agglomération Nantaise et l’Ensemble Départemental de Guitares de l’Aisne, conducted by the composer; Anaëlle Vorc'h, cello, Loïc Loëw - guitar; le Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles

June 5 - Chorals variés performed during Kharkiv Contemporary by the Kharkov Guitar Quartet

June 12 - performance of Cantiones duarum vocum by Mainly Two, Marie Schreer and John Garner, London Symphony Orchestra Lunchtime Series,  International Violin Festival, Jerwood Hall, London

August 4 - performance of Genera by rarescale, Carla Rees - flutes, and Sarah Watts - clarinets, at Harlaxton Manor, London

August 13 & 15 – 9 premiere performances of Aria Adrift at NFA convention; 8 performances by the finalists of the High School Soloist Competition, followed by the official premiere by Kelly Sulick - flute, and John Mayhood - piano; Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC    

September 12 - performance of Symphony in Silver by the Ensemble do Encontro do Flauto do Porto, Gil Malalhães, Director, at the Conservatório de Música do Porto, Portugal

October 10 - performance of Idyll at Fairmont State University, West Virginia, by Richard Kravchak 

December 6 - performance of Reverberance at CSUN, CSUN Guitar Ensembles, John Dearman, Director


RECENT PERFORMANCES, 2014

January 2 - performance of Du Temps Jadis (Of a Bygone Time) in Berg am Irchel, Switzerland; Hieronymus Schädler - flute, Nicole Hitz - viola, Markus Hochuli - guitar, and Andreas Ochsner - violoncello

January 15 - performance of Dances for Flute/Alto Flute and Guitar by rarescale, Carla Rees - flute/alto flute, David Black - guitar, at Grantham Music Club, Grantham (London)

January 22 - performance of Cantiones Duarum Vocum, for violin and clarinet, Music@Mimoda, Los Angeles; Andrew Leonard - clarinet, Mira Khomik - violin

January 25 - February 1 - Folle Journée, Nantes, France. Jan. 25 premiere of Suite for Four Guitars by the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles in Saint-Brévin; Jan. 26 Performance of String Quartet No. 4 by the Quatuor Velásquez in Saint-Nazaire; Jan. 29 second performance (official premiere) of String Quartet No. 4 by the Quatuor Velásquez in Nantes; Feb. 1 official premiere of Suite for Four Guitars by the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles in Nantes.

February 2 - performance of Cantiones Duarum Vocum, for violin and clarinet, National Association of Composers USA, Santa Monica Public Library; Andrew Leonard - clarinet, Mira Khomik - violin

February 25 - Suite for Four Guitars performed by the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles on the series "Les mardis du Conservatoire," La Roche-sur-Yon, France

February 28 - concert by TEMPO at California State University, Northridge

March 22 - performance of Reverberance by the Quartetto Apeiron in Umag, Croatia

April 22 - performance of Trio for Violin, Cello & Guitar by the New Music Ensemble of the University of Utah, Igor Iachimciuc - Director.

April 26 - Premiere of Ballade No. 1, for wind ensemble, by the Banda de Música da Cidade de Espinho, Portugal, at their 175th Anniversary Concert; Helder Tavares - conductor

April 27 - recording of Tornando al Mare (Returning to the Sea) by soprano Cecília Fontes and pianist Lúcia Rodrigues, Porto, Portugal

May 2 - performance of Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Mainly Two (violin duo of Marie Schreer and John Garner) at Norfolk Music Room, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

May 13, 14, & 16 - three performances of Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Mainly Two in Puglia, Italy.

May 16 – Performance of Reverberance, for Four Guitars, by the Kharkov Guitar Quartet, Kharkov, Ukraine

May 25 - performance of Cantiones Duarum Vocum by Mainly Two at the ZHD Gallery, London

June 3 – performance of Reverberance, for four guitars, and Suite for Four Guitars by the Kharkov Guitar Quartet at the Kharkov International Contemporary Festival, Ukraine

June 7 & 8 - premieres of three commissioned works for guitar ensemble: two quartets, which combine into an octet: Suite variée, Chorals variés, and Suite de chorals variés, Ecole Municipale de Musique, Carquefou, France, June 7, Maison des Arts, Saint-Herblain, June 8

June 21 – performance of Shades of Pastel, for alto flute and guitar, by rarescale: Carla Rees – alto flute, and David Black – guitar, Aston Tirrold United Reformed Church, London

June 25 - recital of the Duo Kessner at Forfest, Kromeriz, Czech Republic, including performances of Alto RhapsodyA Serene MusicTwo Reincarnations for Piano, Jan Grossmann's Natalis Solis Invicti, and the premiere of Nicolas Zourabichvili's Façi, for flute and piano (written for Duo Kessner)

June 30 & July 1 - recording of String Quartet No. 4Reverberance, and Suite for Four Guitars by the Quatuor Velasquez and the Quatuor de Guitares de Versailles, Nantes, France

July 30 – performance of Micro-Images by Carla Rees, Great Hall, Harlaxton Manor, Lincolnshire, England

August 10 – premiere of Symphony in Silver, NFA Convention, Chicago; NFA Professional Flute Choir

August 23 – performance of Canto at the BFS Convention by the rarescale Flute Academy

September 13 & 14 – performances of Genera in Mönchengladbach and Düsseldorf by rarescale

September 19 - CSUN Emeritus Composition Faculty Recital - works by Kessner, Campo, de la Vega, Grigsby, and Toutant; US Premiere of Sonata for Violin and Piano by Nancy Roth and Dolly Eugenio Kessner

September 23 – performance of Dances for Flute & Guitar by Anouvong Liensavanh – flutes, and George England – guitar; DMA recital at SBU Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University

September 26 – performance of Tous les matins ... doctoral recital of Laura Kox at Leeds College of Music, Leeds, England

October 5 - concert of TEMPO at Cal State Northridge; performance of Divertimento by David Shostac, Daniel Kessner, Aaron Smith, and Dolly Eugenio Kessner

October 25 – performances of Sonata for Violin and Piano and Nuance at Santa Monica Public Library; Nancy Roth – violin/viola, Dolly Eugenio Kessner – piano, Daniel Kessner – bass flute

October 28 – performance of Symphony in Silver, Monster Flute Choir Concert  (the combined Brookhaven and Texas Woman’s University Flute Choirs) – Margo Jones Performance Hall, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

October 29 – performance of Dances for Clarinet & Guitar by David Gazaille – clarinet, and George England - guitar, doctoral recital of George England at SBU Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University

October 29 – performance of A Knocktet by the Crane Percussion Ensemble, Jim Petercsak – director, SUNY Potsdam

November 12 – performance of Equali VI by the Lebanon Valley College Percussion Ensemble, Robert Nowak – Director.

November 19 – performances of Chorals variés and Suite variée, Bloomsburg University Guitar Ensemble, Matthew Slotkin - Director

December 4 – performance of Tous les matins ... by Laura Kox at the graduation recital of at Leeds College of Music, Leeds, England

December 13 – performances of Reverberance and Suite for Four Guitars by the Kharkov Guitar Quartet at the art gallery Come In, Kharkov.