Daniel Bradshaw (b. 1973) currently pursues a doctoral degree in Music Composition at Indiana University where he has studied with Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström and David Dzubay. He is the recipient of a number of professional honors, including a recent commission from the Barlow Endowment to write a piece for Metropolitan Opera star Ariel Bybee and violinist Alison Dalton of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, received an Honorable Mention from the Minnesota Orchestra and was awarded the Dean’s Prize at Indiana University for the outstanding student composition in 2003. Performances of his choral music have been given by the BYU Idaho Mens Chorus and by the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. And in a recent dual commission/premiere, his piano trio Synapse was performed by the Southern Virginia University Trio (Beuna Vista, VA) and the Jordania Trio (Bloomington, IN). Other recent commissions include the live interactive seventy times seven (Bret Pimentel) for seven wind instruments, one player and MAX/MSP, and Deep Wood (Nathan Wood) for contrabass.
Dan enjoys experiencing music from different perspectives. He teaches private composition and piano lessons, and is an Associate Instructor of Music Theory at Indiana University. He enjoys collaborating with singers and instrumentalists as a pianist and as an instrumental and choral conductor. In a musicological project, he spent two recent summers at BYU remastering recordings, forming a website, and cataloguing the compositions of his father, Merrill Bradshaw, whose music continues to inspire him.
His work has been described as "simply beautiful," "stunning," and "flashy, with enough risky stuff to give it some heft."