Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Daniel Walden


Daniel Walden, from Berkeley, California, is a double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in piano performance and Classics, where he studies piano with Peter Takács and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. A recipient of the Conservatory Dean’s Talent Scholarship and the Louis and Annette Kaufman prize in chamber music, he is active as a performer of new music and historical repertoire on both the modern piano and historical keyboards. As winner of the 2011-12 Concerto Competition, he recently performed Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raphael Jiménez. He also appeared as a soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra in Bach’s Concerto for Three Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1064. He performs regularly with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and was a featured in Rand Steiger’s Double Concerto during the composer’s 2011 residency at Oberlin. His sextet Amusia is in residence this year with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and he is pianist in Trio KLOPP, an ensemble for piano, percussion, and voice that has commissioned new compositions from emerging international composers. Walden has performed frequently with Tristan Perich, Last spring, he introduced new works by Perich for piano and harpsichord in a series of concert programs at the Oberlin Frank Lloyd Wright House and at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, with grants from the Oberlin Creativity Fund and the MetLife Meet the Composer Creative Connections Program. In previous years, Walden was selected as Artist-in-Residence Fellow in 20th and 21st century Music with the Cleveland Orchestra, with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, performing at Severance Hall. He has also performed at Aspen Music Festival, Mannes Beethoven Festival, and Banff Piano Masterclasses and appeared in master classes with Joseph Kalichstein, Ann Schein, Malcolm Bilson, and Wu Han. Walden was featured twice on NPR’s From the Top, performing at the Ravinia Festival and at Herbst Hall in San Francisco. He has premiered new music as a fellow at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s New Music Workshop, Bang on a Can, and NEC’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Recently, he worked with eighth blackbird and composers David Lang and Matthias Pintscher at Music11 New Music Festival in Blonay, Switzerland and gave a solo recital at soundSCAPE new music festival in Maccagno, Italy. This summer, he will be performing as a young artist fellow at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. Walden’s articles on music theory and performance appear in Music Theory Online and MTNA e-Journal. Next year, he will attend Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. For more information, please go to

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