Daniel Temkin


Welcome to the new home of composer Daniel Temkin and DTMusic Publications. This site is currently under renovation, but it will be live soon in Spring 2014!

In the meantime, for score/media requests or general questions, please contact Daniel directly at: danieltemkincomposer@hotmail.com

Daniel Temkin has been writing music since age thirteen. One of his earliest pieces was premiered in Lincoln Center and his professional work has been supported by awards and fellowships from many leading arts organizations including ASCAP, BMI, New Music USA, the American Composers Forum, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and others. Daniel was the 2012 Young Artist Composer in Residence at the Music From Angel Fire festival, and he has received fellowships from the Aspen, Fontainebleau, and Brevard Music Festivals.

Each year, Daniel's music is performed by professional and student ensembles across the United States and abroad. He has had orchestral performances with the Nashville Symphony, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He has received commissions from the Rock School for Dance, the Georges Markow-Totevy Foundation, the Lyra Harp Society, Music From Angel Fire, and private donors. Daniel has also written pieces for the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Nonsemble 6, and the Trio-ING piano trio, and his song cycles your little voice…, and American Pastoral Songs, have been performed in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Originally a percussionist, Daniel has played with both the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Riverside Choral Society. He has worked under conductors David Zinman, James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, Grant Llewellyn, Rossen Milanov, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Hugh Wolff, and he is also featured on recordings of the Albany and Naxos labels.

Daniel studied percussion with Chris Deviney and She-e Wu, and composition with Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Michael Gandolfi, and Charles Fussell. He holds a Bachelor's in Percussion from Rutgers University, a Master's in Composition from New England Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music. He has taught Music Theory and Music History at each of those institutions, as well as at the Brevard Music Center, and he has presented dozens of guest lectures, outreach concerts, and workshops at universities, K-12 schools, and public venues throughout the United States. Daniel currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he is a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at USC's Thornton School of Music.