Richard Danielpour

Biography

Born: January 28, 1956; New York, NY  
Born in the middle of an overwhelmingly diverse musical century, Richard Danielpour established himself as an innovator of a different sort: one who works within a musical inheritance, and seeks originality in the poignancy of expression rather than the novelty of method. Danielpour's accessibility has elicited criticism; one prominent reviewer derided his allegiance to "the dictatorship of the past." While resisting the facile categorization Read more "neo-Romantic," and likewise respecting the 20th century's great musical mavericks, Danielpour embraces his role as a composer "between revolutions."



Early on as a student -- first at the New England Conservatory, then at Juilliard -- Danielpour established his reputation as a skilled pianist (studying under Hollander, Jochum, and Chodus) and gifted composer (under Persichetti and Mennin). In fact, his first Piano Concerto, completed in 1981 (but later withdrawn), was commissioned and received its first performances while Danielpour was yet a Juilliard student. Like many composers of his generation, Danielpour initially subscribed to certain serial methods; his works in the early 1980s employed them extensively. Works from the end of that decade, however, such as First Light (1988) and The Awakened Heart (1990), adopted a broader and more unapologetically expressive style. He emerged in the 1990s as one of a handful of composers, alongside figures including Adams, Rouse, Schwantner, Corigliano, and Kernis, who embraced both the sonic engagement of triadic harmony and the experimental innovations of the previous century -- the familiar sound of the traditional orchestra as well as cultural ubiquity of pop, rock, and jazz. 1996's Concerto for Orchestra ("Zoarastrian Riddles"), for example, hides beneath its ostensibly serious surface musical allusions to Broadway, movies, and television. And like the music of his colleagues in this diverse cohort, Danielpour's works, including several symphonies and concertos and numerous chamber and vocal pieces, resonated with his audience and garnered wide acclaim; in fact, Danielpour became one of only three composers (the others being Stravinsky and Copland) to enjoy an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical. By the end of the century, Danielpour's resume read like a checklist of classical music's highest honors: he had fulfilled commissions for numerous prestigious orchestras from the San Francisco Symphony to the New York Philharmonic, received several awards (including MacDowell, Rockefeller, and Guggenheim fellowships), completed numerous residencies, and served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2005 he completed his first opera, Margaret Garner, in collaboration with Toni Morrison. Read less
Browse 1-21 of 21 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Dreamtime / Zodiac Trio
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 391 Release Date: 03/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour,  Andrew List,  John Mackey,  Ben Newhouse  ... 
    Performer:  Ariel Barnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zodiac Trio
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  • 2.
    Freedom: Danielpour, Weinberg, Finko
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 935 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg,  David Finko,  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Mimi Stillman,  Charles Abramovic,  Yumi Kendall
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    The Best Of Giancarlo Guerrero And The Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 950141 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Astor Piazzolla,  Roberto Sierra,  Richard Danielpour  ... 
    Performer:  Terrence Wilson,  Tianwa Yang,  Daniel Binelli,  Nathan J. Laube  ... 
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
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    Danielpour: Ancient Voices / Guerrero, St. Clair
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578311 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero,  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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  • 5.
    American Lyricism: Piano Music By American Composers
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1534 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Theofanidis,  Richard Danielpour,  Monica Houghton,  Justin Merritt  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Atzinger
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  • 6.
    Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace / St. Clair
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559772 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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  • 7.
    Shadowcatcher
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11197 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Ewazen,  Kathryn Salfelder,  Anthony Plog,  Richard Danielpour
    Conductor:  Robert Spradling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Wind (Vocal Ens.)
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  • 8.
    All Star Orchestra: Programs 5 & 6 - Schumann, Brahms, Danielpour, Jones / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110350 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Danielpour,  Samuel Jones  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Schwarz,  Yevgeny Kutik
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Danielpour: Darkness In The Ancient Valley / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559707 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann,  Angela Brown
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    Danielpour: Symphony No 3, First Light, The Awakened Heart / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559712 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Faith Esham
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Triple Doubles / Laredo, Robinson, Hicks, Peters, Vermont Symphony
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9354 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour,  David Ludwig,  Daron Hagen
    Performer:  Sharon Robinson,  Jaime Laredo
    Conductor:  Sarah Hicks,  Richard Danielpour,  Troy Peters
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermont Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Odyssey: 11 American Premieres For Flute & Piano
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 814 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin C.S. Boyle,  Mason Bates,  Richard Danielpour,  Gerald Levinson  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Mimi Stillman
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    River Of Light - American Short Works For Violin & Piano / Fain, Wang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559662 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Puts,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Jay Kernis,  Lev Zhurbin  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Fain,  Pei-Yao Wang
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    Danielpour: The Enchanted Garden / Xiayin Wang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559669 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Xiayin Wang
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    2009 Wasbe Cincinnati, Usa: The Keystone Winds
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8470 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Nelson,  William Schuman,  Joseph Turrin,  Richard Danielpour  ... 
    Conductor:  Jack Stamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Keystone Wind Ensemble
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  • 16.
    In The Arms Of The Beloved / Kalichstein-laredo-robinson
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7728 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
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  • 17.
    30th Anniversary Sampler - Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody, Etc
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 908 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ottorino Respighi,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Fan,  Felix Hell,  Gary Graffman,  Virgil Fox
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Carl St. Clair,  Paul Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Pacific Symphony Chorus,  Pacific Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Ride - Hazo, Danielpour, Et Al / Stamp, Iup Wind Ensemble
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11141 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Persichetti,  Bruce Yurko,  Michael Torke,  Peter Mennin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jack Stamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Infusion / Fischer, University Of North Texas Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 5354 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour,  Andrew Asher Boysen,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Steven Bryant  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of North Texas Symphonic Band
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  • 20.
    Danielpour: An American Requiem / St. Clair, Blythe, Et Al
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Stephanie Blythe,  Marc Oswald,  Hugh Smith
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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  • 21.
    Works By Bernstein, Danielpour, Liebermann, Smaldone
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80426 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann,  Edward Smaldone,  Leonard Bernstein,  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Michael Boriskin
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