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Daniel Kessner

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Daniel Kessner

Daniel Kessner

Composer-conductor-flutist Daniel Kessner received his Ph.D. with Distinction at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971, studying with Henri Lazarof. His more than 130 compositions have received over 700 performances worldwide, and 22 works are recorded commercially. Most of his scores are available from Theodore Front Musical Literature at

Kessner’s most important awards include the 1972 Queen Marie-José International Composition Prize in Geneva, a 2003 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to lecture and perform at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to perform and lecture in Trondheim, Norway in 2007, and similar residency at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal in 2011.

He is now Professor Emeritus at California State University, Northridge, retired after a career of 36 years teaching composition and music theory and directing various ensembles.

As a flutist, he has given flute-piano recitals with his wife, Dolly Eugenio Kessner, in France, Italy, Holland, Germany, El Salvador, England, Romania, Portugal, Norway and the Czech Republic, and has performed in numerous chamber music concerts. He has appeared as a guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Black Sea Philharmonic of Romania, the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra and more recently the Trondheim Sinfonietta, among others.

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