Daniel Sabzghabaei (ASCAP) is an internationally performed and award-winning composer whose works have been presented by professional and amateur ensembles alike, including: Dallas’ premier new music ensemble Voices of Change, Ukraine’s Kharkov Academic Youth Orchestra, Korea’s Ansan City Choir, Minneapolis’ Magpies & Ravens, and Pittsburgh-based OvreArts to name a few. Daniel’s work aims to emphasize the malleability of time and how we experience it, not just in the concert hall but in everyday life as well. As of late, he has been increasingly interested in his Persian heritage, seriously studying and taking inspiration from Persian melodic and rhythmic systems, Persian folk music, and Persian art and poetry.
Daniel is a serious and devoted collaborator in multidisciplinary works, recently working with playwright Dr. Andrew Harris on his new play The Lady Revealed which premiered April 2013, was given two workshop performances in Dallas at Theatre Three, was read in London at the Tristan Bates Theater by members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was given a workshop performance in NYC in March 2015 at the New Dramatists.This led to another collaboration with Harris, resulting in a new score for the beloved play Doubt: A Parable under the direction of Harris. Outside of the stage, Daniel has also scored video games, successfully working with SMU’s prestigious Guildhall program to collaborate with teams on new projects.
As a performer, Daniel has been singing since he was a young boy and regularly performs as a choral and solo vocalist, working in various churches across DFW and recently Baltimore. While at UNT, he was a member of the the UNT Grand Chorus who, along with the UNT Symphony Orchestra, premiered Jake Heggie’s new piece Ahab’s Symphony for choir and orchestra in 2013. Daniel is also a new music advocate, having premiered multiple new works by students and professional composers while at UNT, including the North American premier of Czech composer Ivo Medek’s opera The Cage Affair, in which he played the role of John Cage.
Daniel graduated summa cum laude with a BM in Composition as a Distinguished Honors Scholar from the University of North Texas in 2014. His teachers have included Panayiotis Kokoras, Joseph Klein, Kirsten Broberg, William Coble, and Andrew May. Daniel is currently doing his Masters studies with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts at The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He will begin his doctoral candidacy at Cornell University as a Sage Fellow Fall 2017.