"Music that sparkles and cajoles in its tuneful caressing of the ears." - Fanfare Magazine
"A significant contribution to the future of classical music." -
"Fully engages the intellect, yet it is also thoroughly enjoyable music. Would that all composers wrote thus!" - Fanfare Magazine

Flute/Piccolo Calendar of Performances
Flute & Clarinet Duets Music for Children's Concerts
Oboe Arrangements and Editions
Clarinet Commissioning a new piece
Saxophone Ordering Information
Bassoon/Contrabassoon Photo Gallery
Brass Selected Reviews
Percussion Program Notes
Strings Symphony In C Young Composers' Competition
Guitar Discography
Piano Youtube Links
Opera, Chorus, Voice  
Band & Wind Ensemble  
Narrated Works for young listeners  

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Daniel Dorff's music for flute and piccolo has entered the standard repertoire for those instruments, and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide. He has written 7 commissioned works for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times.  Highlights of 2015 include performances of Three Fun Fables by the Utah Symphony in March, and by the Philadelphia Orchestra in July.

Dorff's works have also been performed by the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, and Eastman Wind Ensemble; chamber concerts of the Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; on the Chicago Symphony Radiothon, by clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal, Walfrid Kujala, Donald Peck, and Denis Bouriakov; and conducted by maestros Alan Gilbert and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Other commissions have come from piccolo legends Walfrid Kujala and Sarah Jackson, the Colorado Symphony's Up Close and Musical series, Sacramento Symphony, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, Symphony in C, and other organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb. 

Premieres in the 2014-15 season include:
--Cape May Breezes for wind quintet, commissioned by The Monmouth Winds
--Zoe & Xena: A Romp in the Park for piccolo and bass clarinet, commissioned by Leonard Garrison for Shannon Scott
--Invention after BWV 1013 for two flutes, premiered by Jeffrey Khaner and Mimi Stillman
--Cindy (based on the American folk song) for two flutes, premiered at an all-Dorff concert by Cindy Rugolo and Cindy Anne Broz, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair
--A Treeful of Monkeys, for Narrator, Clarinet, Violin, Horn, Percussion and Piano; commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for their May 2015 Sound All Around series
Premieres for the 2015-16 season include a commission for the Sparx Flute & Harp Duo.

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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim came early with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition at age 18 for his Fantasy, Scherzo and Nocturne for saxophone quartet. Dorff received degrees in composition from Cornell and University of Pennsylvania; teachers included George Crumb, George Rochberg, Karel Husa, Henry Brant, Ralph Shapey, Elie Siegmeister, and Richard Wernick. He studied saxophone with Sigurd Rascher. Dorff has served since 1996 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

Daniel Dorff serves as VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; he is a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, having lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advising the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, the Executive Board of The Charles Ives Society, and has served on the board of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music (formerly MMB),  Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, Kendor Music, Tenuto Publications, and Golden Music, and recorded on Bridge, Crystal, Albany, Azica, and many other labels.

last updated 3/20/15