"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
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Daniel Dorff's music for flute and piccolo has entered the repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded worldwide. He has written 7 commissions for the Philadelphia Orchestra's education department, and the Minnesota Orchestra's Kinder Konzert series has performed his music over 200 times.

The 2018-19 season featured the premiere of Concertino for Flute and Orchestra featuring flutist Jasmine Choi on the NFA's annual concerto night for an audience of 2000 flutists, all-Dorff mini-Festivals at University of Delaware and University of Alabama, and several premieres of chamber works. Other recent highlights have included two performances of "Salmon Lake" from Sonata (Three Lakes) on NPR's "From The Top," and frequent performances of Blast Off! for narrator and orchestra. Dorff's music will be featured at the the 2019 annual conventions of the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Double Reed Society.

Dorff's works have been presented by Young Audiences (over 1000 opera performances in schools), the Atlanta Opera (60 performances), Baltimore Symphony (32 performances), Pittsburgh Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Radiothon, clarinetists of the Chicago Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic, pianists Jeremy Denk and Marc-André Hamelin, and many of the world's leading flutists. His orchestral music has been premiered by maestros including 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, Young Audiences, American Composers Forum, Ithaca College School of Music, and many other soloists and organizations. Dorff has also created arrangements for Sir James Galway and pop musicians Keith Emerson and Lisa Loeb. 

Recent and upcoming premieres include:
- Sonata (Spirit of the Hudson) for Bass Flute and Piano, commissioned and premiered by Peter Sheridan in 2018.
- Snow Angel for Flute and Piano, commissioned and premiered by Ray-Michael Kauffman in 2018.
- For Elise for Flute and Piano, commissioned and premiered by Cindy Anne Broz at the 2018 NFA Convention.
- Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, premiered by Jasmine Choi at the 2018 NFA Convention.
- Shadows for solo Timpani, commissioned by West Chester University for timpanist Ralph Sorrentino
- Hot Spots for English Horn and Clarinet, commissioned by West Chester University for Duo Del Sol (Henry Grabb and Karen Dannessa)
- Ballade for Alto Flute, Flügelhorn, and Piano, consortium commission led by Therese Wacker and Kevin Eisensmith.
- Sleepy Hollow for 2 Bass Flutes and Piano, commissioned by Wendy Stern and Peter Sheridan, bass flutes

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Daniel Dorff was born in New Rochelle, NY; acclaim began at age 18 with First Prize in the Aspen Music Festival's annual composers' competition. 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 and bass clarinet with Ronald Reuben. Dorff served from 1996 through 2015 as Composer-In-Residence for Symphony in C, in which he played bass clarinet from 1980 through 2002.

Dorff is VP of Publishing for Theodore Presser Company; a sought-after expert on music engraving and notation, he has lectured at many colleges as well as Carnegie Hall, and advised the leading notation software companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Music Publishers' Association of the USA, Charles Ives Society, Vincent Persichetti Society, Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and has served on the Board and committees of the National Flute Association.

Dorff's compositions have been published by Theodore Presser Company, Carl Fischer, Lauren Keiser Music/MMB, Shawnee Press, Mel Bay, and Kendor Music, and recorded on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Crystal, Azica, and many other labels. YouTubes of his compositions and arrangements have received over 1,000,000 views.

last updated 6/6/19