Daniel Linder is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studies with pianist Bernadene Blaha and teaches piano as a graduate teaching assistant. Dan has performed in venues across the United States and Europe, and recordings of his performances have aired on KUAZ Classical Radio in Tucson, Arizona. Recent accolades include prizes in the 2015 Seattle International Piano Competition, the 2014 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the 2014 Lois Trester Piano Competition at the University of Arizona, and the 2012 Thaviu-Isaak Endowed Piano Scholarship Competition at Northwestern University.
Dan has spent multiple summers at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in western New York, and in July 2014 he was a fellow at Pianofest in the Hamptons. In Summer 2015 he attended the Academie de Fourvière in Lyon, France, funded by a grant from the International Festival Society, and also gave a solo recital at the Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark. Dan grew up in Westport, New York, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Arizona. His primary teachers include Rose Chancler, Alan Chow, John Milbauer, and Bernadene Blaha.