Daniel Asia (b. 1953, Seattle, Washington) enjoys working relationships with many noted orchestras, ensembles and soloists that reflect his extensive output and wide appeal. Elliott Hurwitt writes in his Schwann Opus review of the composer’s compact disc, Ivory, “Daniel Asia is a genuine creative spirit, an excellent composer He is a welcome addition to the roster of our strongest group of living composers”
The composer’s major orchestral works include four symphonies, a piano concerto, a cello concerto, two song cycles and the numerous shorter works including At the Far Edge, Black Light, Something Happened, Once Again, What About It!, and Gateways. Mr. Asia has been commissioned by the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Seattle, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Phoenix, American Composers Orchestra, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Tucson, Knoxville, Greensboro, and Colorado Philharmonic. Asia’s works have been performed by renowned conductors including Zdenek Macal, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Eiji Oue, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Hermann Michael, Carl St. Clair, James Sedares, Stuart Malina, Robert Bernhardt, George Hanson, Kirk Trevor, Jonathan Shames, Odaline de la Martinez.
His music has been championed or commissioned by Andre-Michel Schub, Carter Brey, Alex Klein, Cypress String Quartet, Benjamin Verdery, John Shirley-Quirk and Sara Watkins, Jonathan Shames, Curtis Macomber, Gregory Fulkerson, Mark Rush, Zina Schiff, and the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts/Domus, Oberlin Woodwind Quintet, Dorian Wind Quintet, American Brass Quintet, Meadowmount Trio. Recently, Mr. Asia has been co-commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music for a work to be written for the Czech Nonet and performed during the 2010-2011 season. Mr. Asia is only the third American composer to ever be asked to write for the Nonet.
Mr. Asia’s music has also been performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, Contemporary Chamber Players/Chicago, Scott Chamber Players/Indianapolis, Aspen Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Endymion Ensemble, Lontano and the BBC Singers, and numerous other chamber ensembles. His music has been played throughout the United States, and in the major venues of New York including Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, those of London including Queen Elizabeth Hall (South Bank), St. John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, and throughout Europe and Asia.
Summit Records released Solos in May 2005, featuring performances by Alex Klein, oboe, Hong-Mei Xiao, viola, Robert Dick flute, Benny Sluchin, trombone, and Paul Fadoul, marimba. Summit released Trilogy in the Spring 2004, featuring performances by the Dorian Wind Quintet, American Brass Quintet, and Cypress String Quartet. Summit released two DVDs in the Fall 2002. These include Sacred and Profane, an electro-acoustic disc (by Asia/Haaheim), and Breath in a Ram’s Horn, including three song cycles for voice and piano. Summit Records has released four Asia CDs over last few years including At the Far Edge (including this piece and symphonies 1 and 4); Songs From the Page of Swords (instrumental song cycles); Gateways (with this piece and Piano Concerto and Black Light) ; and Ivory, including Scherzo Sonata, Why (?) Jacob, and Piano Quartet. Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 3 can be heard on New World Records (80447-2.) String Quartet No. 1, Sand II, Rivalries, Shtay and Miles Mix, appear on Albany Troy 106.
Mr. Asia has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships in music including a Meet The Composer/Reader’s Digest Consortium Commission, United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four NEA Composers Grants, a M. B. Rockefeller Grant, an Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant, McDowell Colony and Tanglewood Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI composition prizes, and a DAAD Fellowship for study in Germany.
Professor of Contemporary Music and Wind Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory from 1981-6, Mr. Asia resided in London from 1986-88 working under the auspices of the UK Fulbright Arts Award and Guggenheim Fellowship. From 1991-1994, Mr. Asia was the Meet the Composer/Composer In Residence with the Phoenix Symphony. He is presently Professor of Composition, and head of the Composition Department, at The University of Arizona, Tucson. Mr. Asia’s music is published by Theodore Presser Co. Married to Carolee Asia, Mr. Asia and his wife are the parents of three children.