Music Director, Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra
Campus Address: Rockwell Hall 203
Daniel Bassin is an active conductor, composer, trumpeter and educator, living in Buffalo, NY. He is the newly-appointed Music Director of the SUNY Buffalo State College Philharmonia, and is also on faculty of the University at Buffalo as Music Director of the UB Symphony Orchestra and Music Director at Buffalo’s historic Unitarian Universalist Church. Daniel came to Western New York after working for five years in New York City as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra. In fall 2008, he acted as assistant conductor for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra’s 16-city tour of the American West Coast and Midwest, and in summer 2010 his string quartet Typographies II was performed by the Arditti Quartet at the June in Buffalo Festival. He had his debut conducting the Slee Sinfonietta, Buffalo’s professional new music chamber orchestra, in 2012, and in 2013 he was a featured conductor at the Ensemble Linea/Peter Eötvös master classes at France’s Royaumont Abbey. In November 2013, he had the honor of conducting the music of his teacher, David Felder, as part of an A Musical Feast 60th birthday/retrospective concert at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and the following year led performances of inaugural WBFO Visiting Professor, Douglas Fitch’s Center for Fine Arts production, How Did We…? Daniel made his MATA festival conducting debut in New York City in May 2015, in June he had his Kleinhans Music Hall debut, as part of the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, and he also presented site-specific versions of his own music in Buffalo’s Silo City.
A passionate advocate of both the music of our time and neglected masterworks, Bassin has premiered over 100 new compositions, and also presented more than 30 works in their Western New York-area first performances. His performances have taken him to 37 countries and 42 American states. Featured numerous times in Buffalo’s ArtVoice Classical Music Notes column, reviewer Jan Jezioro has recently proclaimed that Daniel “consistently programs some of the most innovated classical music in Western New York.” He received his initial training in NY public schools and the Juilliard Pre-College, followed by the New England Conservatory (B.M. with Honors in Composition), Bard College (M.F.A. in Orchestral Conducting), and was awarded the PhD in Composition from the University at Buffalo in the spring of 2014.