"Music that sparkles and cajoles in its tuneful caressing of the ears." – Fanfare Magazine
"A significant contribution to the future of classical music." – allmusic.com
"Fully engages the intellect, yet it is also thoroughly enjoyable music. Would that all composers wrote thus!" – Fanfare Magazine
"I am not good at creating ugly or angry, and I wouldn't want to be - who needs more of that?" – Daniel Dorff

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To contact the composer, e-mail ddorff@danieldorff.com 

Daniel Dorff's flute music has entered the repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide; in the 6 years since its publication, over 35 flutists have shared YouTube performances of his Sonata (Three Lakes). Dorff has written 7 commissions for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department , and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times.

Highlights of 2022 include the Philadelphia Orchestra Education Department's music video of Dorff's A Treeful of Monkeys (Narrator and Mixed Quintet) to be released as a YouTube free to the public; several rescheduled premieres of works postponed during the quarantine period; Jasmine Choi's rescheduled performance of Concertino for Flute and Orchestra at the Cote Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, and many on-campus recitals of woodwind solo and chamber music.

Dorff's works have been presented by Young Audiences (over 1000 opera performances in schools), the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Radiothon, clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, pianists Jeremy Denk and Marc-André Hamelin, famed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis of the Cleveland Orchestra, and many of the world's leading flutists. His orchestral music has been premiered by maestros including Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Other commissions have come from piccolo legends Walfrid Kujala and Sarah Jackson, the Colorado Symphony's Up Close and Musical series, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, and many other soloists and organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb. 

Recent and upcoming premieres include:
- Atomic Turquoise for Flute, Trumpet, and Harp, a consortium commission premiered by the Astralis Chamber Ensemble in September 2021.
- Shadows for Solo Timpani, to be premiered by Luke Thurston, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, May 7, 2022.
- Flash! for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, to be premiered by Sabrina Moulai and the USAF Band of the Golden West, at the gala opening of the International Clarinet Association's annual ClarinetFest, June 29, 2022.
- Perfect Storm for Piccolo, Flute, and Piano, commissioned by Duo Flautas Frescas (Julia Barnett and Alina Windell), rescheduled premiere through the Atlanta Flute Club, date t.b.a.
- In A Deep Funk: Dance Set for solo Contrabass Saxophone (Tubax), adaptation and rescheduled premiere by Yo-Yo Su, details pending.
- Meditation at Perkiomen Creek for Solo Harp, commissioned by Yolanda Kondonassis for the "Five Minutes for Earth" initiative, newly available on Azica Records, with live premiere to be rescheduled in 2022.
- BFF's for Eb Clarinet and Bb Clarinet, commissioned for the Amicitia Duo (Diane Barger and Denise Gainey), to be premiered July 1, 2022 at the ICA ClarinetFest's opening gala.
- Invention on Mozart's 11-tone Surprise for Flute and Bb Clarinet, re-scheduled premiere information pending.
- Swans for Two Alto Flutes and Piano, commissioned by the NeStern Duo (Kathleen Nester and Wendy Stern), live premiere rescheduled for August 2022 at the National Flute Association's annual convention.
- Songs of the Open Road for Solo Flute, commissioned by Flute Pro Shop for premiere t.b.a. by Joan Sparks in 2022
- Big Sky for Flute, Viola, and Harp, commissioned by Hat Trick (April Clayton flute, David Wallace viola, Kristi Shade harp) for premiere and tour in 2023.
- Slippery Slopes for Mixed Clarinet Sextet, commissioned by the Slippery Rock University Clarinet Choir under the direction of Dr. Amanda Morrison, premiere scheduled for May 2023.

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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim began at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, and Elie Siegmeister. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher and bass clarinet with Ronald Reuben. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

Dorff is VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company. A sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, won over 50 MPA Paul Revere Awards for Excellence in Music Engraving, and advised the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, on the New Music Committee of the International Clarinet Association, and has served on the Board and committees of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Presser, Fischer, Keiser/Southern, Shawnee, Mel Bay, and Kendor, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Crystal, Azica, and many other labels. Performers have uploaded over 500 YouTubes of his compositions and arrangements, which have received over 1,300,000 views.

last updated May 2, 2022