Daniel Brier - Resident Conductor
Daniel Brier is an emerging conductor committed to compelling, and engaging performances of diverse repertoire. He is currently the Resident Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he joined as Assistant Conductor in 2014. As Resident Conductor, he leads over a dozen concerts each season.
Increasingly active as a guest conductor, Daniel has led performances with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Orion Chamber Orchestra, Andrews Symphony Orchestra, and the major choral and orchestral ensembles of the University of Michigan. He has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Bobby McFerrin, Ian Greenlaw, Antonina Chehovska, Vince Yi, Gil Goldstein, Louis Cato, Jeans’N’Classics, and more. In the pit, he has conducted opera and ballet productions including Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.
An ardent advocate for contemporary music, he has collaborated with the studios of Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng to premiere works by Peter Shin, Zac Lavender, Jon Boggs, and Nate May. In addition to his support of emerging composers, Daniel also regularly performs works written by contemporary masters. In 2016, he is conducting the world premiere of Daniel Cappelletti’s The Night Before Christmas, commissioned by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
Previously, Daniel completed successful stints as founding Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra, Cover Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, and conductor of the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers. In 2010, he was awarded a prize for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s International Conducting Competition. Later, in 2012, Daniel received an invitation to study privately with John Nelson at the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Additionally, Mr. Brier has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin.
Daniel Brier received his musical training at the University of Michigan’s renowned conducting program earning degrees in orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. While at the University of Michigan, he served as an assistant conductor for the world premiere recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie d'Eschyle conducted by Kenneth Kiesler. Recorded live on Naxos, the album earned a GRAMMY® nomination in 2015. He is a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors, the Dr. Charlene Archibeque scholarship for choral conductors, and the Dorothy Greenwald scholarship.