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Dan K. Kurland is establishing himself as one of today’s most talented and
versatile collaborative pianists in both vocal and instrumental repertories.
He begins the 2017 – 2018 season as Solorepetitor mit
at Theater Hagen (Germany).

This past season included wide-ranging appearances throughout the
United States, including an acclaimed performance of Schoenberg’s
Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten at the Aspen Music Festival and School
with tenor Spencer Lang, a recital with tenor Stephen Ng and
baritone Randall Scarlata at West Chester University, and a performance
with pianist Jonathan Feldman in the third installment of
Two-Piano Concerts as part of The Juilliard School’s collaborative piano
department. This summer, Mr Kurland also joined the faculty of
The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program
in New York City. Additionally, Mr Kurland presented a special,
one-night-only performance with TONY and EMMY award winner
Tyne Daly as part of the biennial celebration, Focus On The Arts, in the Chicago area. Ms Daly and Mr Kurland have collaborated since their first working together on the Broadway revival of Master Class (Manny Weinstock, u/s), the play about Maria Callas.

Previous seasons have included performances at New York’s Steinway Hall, The DiMenna Center, The Guggenheim Museum and annual return engagements to Alice Tully Hall and Caramoor. His debut at Wigmore Hall in 2015 with tenor Spencer Lang garnered the Finalist Prize for the duo as part of the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Mr Kurland has enjoyed collaborations with sopranos Stacey Alleaume, Rebecca Farley, Alexandra Flood, Raquel González and Jennifer Root, mezzo-sopranos Avery Amereau and KS Marilyn Bennett, tenor Miles Mykkanen, violinists Jiafeng Chen, Hwi-Eun Kim, Eric Silberger, and Charles Yang, violist Jenni Seo, cellist Julian Schwarz, and actors Shalita Grant, Ernestine Jackson, Michael Kostroff, and the critically acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5.

Past summer engagements have included Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Music Academy of the West, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France. Mr Kurland was one of the youngest musicians invited to join FAVA as assistant conductor and principal coach for operas, where he also coached/performed classic and contemporary French mélodie and opera with both faculty and students. In particular, he values the experience gained by working closely with Isabelle Aboulker, one of the premiere living composers in France today. Other educational performances have included a series of concerts at the United Nations International School in New York City with mezzo-soprano Amanda Bottoms. Previously, Mr Kurland presented master classes at Juilliard in Aiken, Columbia University’s Opera Untapped, and at Highland Park High School’s Focus On The Arts.

A frequent performer and advocate of new music, world premiere performances have included those of German Cáceres (Cartas Interdimensionales with vocalist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek) and Jared Miller (Caprice for Violin and Piano with violinist Francisco García Fullana). He also performed a collection of songs by Henry Cowell with soprano Julia Bullock, as well as numerous appearances at The Juilliard School’s FOCUS! Festival, including collaborations with pianists David Aladashvili and Peter Dugan and vocalists Carla Jablonski and Karen Vuong.

Mr Kurland earned his DMA and MM degrees from The Juilliard School with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Diane Richardson. While at Juilliard, he led the creation of the collaborative piano department’s Two Piano Concerts, featuring performances by students and faculty, and he was also the founding music director and pianist for the Vocal Arts Cabaret at the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. Mr. Kurland earned his BM degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Anton Nel and Darlene Wiley.

A native of suburban Chicago his first teachers included Svetlana Budilovsky and Kay Kim. In his leisure time, Mr. Kurland enjoys hosting dinner parties, baking, and surveying French wines.

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