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Dan K. Kurland is one of today’s most talented and versatile collaborative
pianists, active in both vocal and instrumental repertories. After two
seasons, he returns to Theater Hagen (Germany) in the newly-created role
of Solorepetitor und stellv. Studienleiter (repetitor and associate head of
music staff). In addition to augmented leadership and artistic planning
responsibilities, he will serve on the music staff for new productions of
Cardillac, Der Graf von Luxemburg, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Orfeo ed
, and Salome. He continues to join Philharmonische Orchester
Hagen as orchestral pianist and as chamber musician, and serves as
Musikalische Leitung/Conductor for performances of Spring Awakening.

Recent performance partners and highlights include a concert of Schubert
songs with Randall Scarlata in Liesing, Austria, a Liederabend in Hagen
featuring Schumann’s Dichterliebe with tenor Musa Nkuna, an acclaimed
performance of Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten at the
Aspen Music Festival and School with tenor Spencer Lang, and an
appearance with pianist Jonathan Feldman at The Juilliard School. At Theater Hagen, Mr Kurland serves as Musikalische Leitung/Pianist/Poldy Bloom in the original and acclaimed production of Molly Bloom, featuring KS Marilyn Bennett and conceived/directed by Theater Hagen’s Intendant, Francis Hüsers. Other notable performances include those 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 Mr 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-soprano Avery Amereau, 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. Mr Kurland also recently presented and curated a special, one-night only performance with TONY and EMMY award winner Tyne Daly in the Chicago area. Ms Daly and Mr Kurland have collaborated since their meeting during the Broadway revival of Master Class (Manny Weinstock, u/s), the play about Maria Callas. Previous summer engagements have included Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and The Music Academy of the West.

A dedicated teacher, he conducted Philharmonische Orchester Hagen as part of their annual Musikalische Schnitzeljagd (2019). He has also been a guest coach/clinician at Chicago Summer Opera and a member of the faculty at AlpenKammerMusik (Austria) and The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program (New York City). Additionally, he served on the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France where he was one of the youngest musicians invited to join FAVA as assistant conductor/principal coach for operas as well as classic and contemporary French mélodie. He also presented a series of education-concerts at the United Nations International School in New York City with mezzo-soprano Amanda Bottoms, and gave 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 include those of German Cáceres (Cartas Interdimensionales with vocalist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek) and Jared Miller (Caprice for Violin and Piano with violinist Francisco García Fullana). At Theater Hagen, he served as orchestral and rehearsal pianist for the European premiere of Everest. 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 of New Music, 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 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. He has written articles published by The Chicago Tribune and The Juilliard Journal, program notes for PLAYBILL Lincoln Center, and most recently, contributed to Singing: The Timeless Muse (2018).

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

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