Daniel Linder

Assistant Professor of Practice, Music
Daniel Linder

Music Bldg, Room 160

Praised as a “pianistic chameleon” (Fanfare), Dr. Daniel Linder is a versatile pianist, chamber musician, and teaching artist. He has performed solo and collaborative recitals to high acclaim in venues across the United States and in the United Kingdom, France, and Denmark, and recordings of his performances have aired on KUAT Classical Radio in Tucson, AZ. Recent accolades include the Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award, and prizes in the James Ramos International Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition, and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, among others.

Daniel is an avid performer of 20th- and 21st-century works. Recent highlights include a duo piano recital with Dr. Fanya Lin at the 2021 London Festival of American Music, the 2020 world premiere of Dr. Kay He’s multimedia work Lost in Colors, and collaboration with the Russian String Orchestra in a performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No. 1. His recordings of solo and duo piano works by Daniel Asia are included on Ivory II, released by Summit Records in early 2021. He recently presented a lecture recital on Maurice Ohana's mature style and performed Ohana's first book of etudes, the Six Études d'Interprétation at the University of Southern California. After presenting his research on Ohana at the 2018 USC Graduate Research Symposium, he was awarded first prize for research in the Humanities.

Daniel has spent multiple summers of concentrated music study at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in Western New York. In July 2014, he gave performances in East Hampton and Southampton, NY as a participant of Pianofest in the Hamptons. In Summer 2015, he performed at the Académie de Fourvière in Lyon, France, funded by a grant from the International Festival Society, and performed a solo recital at the Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark. In June 2017, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Art of the Piano Festival at the University of Cincinatti-College Conservatory of Music. He has performed in master classes for Emanuele Arciuli, Jeremy Denk, Stephen Hough, Jerome Lowenthal, Anton Nel, Rebecca Penneys, and Nelita True, among others.

Dr. Linder is Assistant Professor of Practice in Piano at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, where he serves as keyboard area coordinator, teaches applied lessons, chamber music, and piano literature, and teaches honors seminars in music. He has presented lectures on piano pedagogy and music teaching and learning at state and national conferences of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), and his article, A Multisensory Approach to Memorization was named 2018 ‘Article of the Year’ by CAPMT Connect, the e-Journal of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

Daniel was named Outstanding D.M.A. Graduate by the Keyboard Studies Department of USC’s Thornton School of Music. Before moving to Los Angeles to complete his D.M.A. in piano performance, he earned a M.M in piano performance from the University of Arizona, and both a B.M. in piano performance and a B.A. in history from Northwestern University. His principal teachers are Bernadene Blaha, Dr. John Milbauer, Alan Chow, and Dr. Rose Chancler. Daniel grew up in the Adirondacks of northeastern New York.