Composer Daniel Kellogg has been called “one of the most exciting composers around” by The Washington Post. Recently, he has been commissioned by Alarm Will Sound (Dust Returns), the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra (The Gates of Paradise), the Kansas City Symphony (Water Music), the Lexington Philharmonic (How Radiant the Dawn), Soli Deo Gloria (From Everlasting to Everlasting, premiered by the South Dakota Symphony), the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington (Look Up at the Sky), and the Colorado Mesa University Wind Ensemble (Monument).
In the fall of 2010, the Takács Quartet commissioned and premiered Mr. Kellogg’s work Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” at Denver’s Friends of Chamber Music, and the Cleveland & Philadelphia chamber music societies, and was performed mostly recently at the 2011 Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Kellogg’s Four Valentines was premiered by the Borromeo String Quartet at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall in December 2008. In March 2009, the Takács Quartet and the University of Colorado Wind Symphony premiered A Tent for the Sun, commissioned by Maestro Allan McMurray and the University Of Colorado College Of Music, as part of a five-school consortium. Other works have included Piano Quintet, premiered at the Aspen Music Festival in 2008, and Western Skies, a commission from the National Symphony that was premiered at the Kennedy Center in April 2009, conducted by Iván Fischer, with performances in Beijing, Xi’an and Seoul in June 2009.
Mr. Kellogg’s first commission from the National Symphony was Pyramus and Thisbe, which was premiered in 2007 to rave reviews. Conducted by Leonard Slatkin as part of the citywide “Shakespeare in Washington” Festival, the work was narrated by renowned actor John Lithgow. Mr. Kellogg wrote his first oratorio, The Fiery Furnace, on a commission from Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., which was premiered in 2008 by the San Diego Symphony, conducted by Jahja Ling. Mozart’s Hymn, which was commissioned and premiered in Paris by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, received its U.S. premiere at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006. Refracted Skies was premiered and commissioned by the Colorado Symphony, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, in celebration of the opening of the new Frederick C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum in 2006.
In 2005, The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, premiered Mr. Kellogg’s work, Ben, which it commissioned to commemorate the 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. His music has been premiered by the Ying Quartet, the President’s United States Marine Band, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, cellist Fred Sherry, flutist Catherine Ramirez, and eighth blackbird, who recorded his Divinum Mysterium on their CD “Beginnings” released by Cedille Records in 2004. His works have been performed at the Caramoor Music Festival, and broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” New York’s WQXR, and China National Radio.
Mr. Kellogg was the composer-in-residence for 3 years with the South Dakota Symphony and with the Green Bay (WI) Symphony, which gave the premiere of La Luz for orchestra and chorus. Mr. Kellogg has been honored with two Charles Ives Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and his sixth ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He also received ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Award for his orchestral work Jasper and Carnelian, which was premiered by the Santa Barbara Symphony. In 2002, he was chosen as Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence and won the Harvey Gaul Composition Competition to write a work for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and won the 2000 William Schuman Prize from BMI.
Born in Wilton, Connecticut in 1976, Mr. Kellogg received his Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music. He has studied at Indiana University, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. His teachers have included Don Freund, Ned Rorem, Jennifer Higdon, Joseph Schwantner, Ezra Laderman, and Martin Bresnick. Mr. Kellogg served as composer-in-residence at the University of Connecticut in 2000-2001, and has since returned as a visiting lecturer. He currently holds the post of Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder and resides in Colorado with his wife, pianist Hsing-ay Hsu Kellogg, and their daughter, Kaela Li.