Daniel was selected out of a pool of 160 applicants to be a Composer Fellow for The Intimacy of Creativity‘s innaugural Contemporary Song Festival, coordinated by internationally acclaimed composer Bright Sheng. Daniel will be performing his song cycle Four Glimpses of Desire at the festival in Hong Kong, and will also be collaborating on performances of the work with on-the-rise tenor Jonathan Blalock, fresh off of premiering the title role in Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus at the Dallas Opera. Daniel will be in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: HKUST from February 26 – March 6.
A panel of four judges reviewed a strong and numerous pool of anonymously submitted scores to settle upon the winners of three separate awards: one national (U.S.) composer, one international composer, and one young composer under the age of 30. Daniel was selected in the National Composer category, and will receive a US$1,000 commission for a 5-minute new work that The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.) will premiere at the POLYPHONOS Concert in October of 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
Presented as a winner in Magpies & Ravens’ LINEAGE program (Curtis Kettler, cond.)
“Perhaps the most interesting part of the program was “Two Reflections on The Belovèd,” the American, Daniel Sabzghabaei, did not hesitate to show his Persian origins.”
-Sebastian Crăciun, Radio Romania Cultural
Soprano – Rebecca Replogle | Piano – Zoe Yucong Wang | Actor – Nathan Engelmann