Daniel Brewbaker, renowned American composer, has been commissioned to compose works for leading conductors, ensembles and soloists worldwide, including Oratorios, Cantatas, Symphonic works and Concertos for Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus, James Conlon and the Cincinnati Symphony and Chorus, Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony and Chorus, New York Chamber Symphony and Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Doreen Rao and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra and Millennium Festival Chorus, Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, violinist Vadim Repin, Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and cellist Carter Brey and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has composed chamber and solo works for the centenary of the Juilliard School,The Borromeo String Quartet, pianist Richard Goode, Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and numerous choral works for, among others, Chanticleer, Musica Sacra, Handel Oratorio Society of Dartmouth College, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, New Classic Singers, Heartland Voices, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Symphony, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, Children’s Aid Society Chorus of NYC, Anima Young Singers, and a children's opera for the Children's Theater of Elgin. Recent commissions include symphonic works for the Seattle and Elgin Symphony Orchestras, three brass quintets, two string quartets, a piano trio and an evening length dance work for the Buglisi Dance Theater as composer/pianist.
Brewbaker has been Composer in Residence at the Spoleto USA Music Festival in Charleston, S.C., the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, the Ligurian Study Center in Italy, AIMS Musical Institute in Graz, Austria, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, Copland House, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and the American Academy in Rome. He has received awards from, among others, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, The Nadia Boulanger Foundation, Copland House/Borromeo String Quartet, and the International Rotary Foundation. He has held teaching positions at Juilliard, Hunter and Queens Colleges (CUNY), St. Stephen’s School in Rome, and the Westminster Choir College. Dr. Brewbaker is also active as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has lived extensively abroad, working with composers Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio and Henri Dutilleaux. His music is published by Boosey&Hawkes, Inc., and distributed by Hal Leonard Corp. Dr. Brewbaker currently lives in New York City.
The Baltimore Sun said of Brewbaker's recent Violin Concerto, "It did what precious few pieces of contemporary music do – light a fire under the audience. With good reason. Daniel Brewbaker's Playing and Being Played has the right stuff. In a single, compact movement, Brewbaker's concerto packs a remarkable amount of thematic material that is developed clearly and arrestingly. From its misty opening measures to a breathless dash for the finish line, the score travels through a variety of moods with a restless energy that, even at the slowest, quietest moments, exudes a powerful tension. At one of those soft spots, a lyrical theme, simple and direct, emerges from the violin. Many a composer, past or present, would envy its haunting pull. Brewbaker has a flair for writing unabashedly beautiful themes."
Brewbaker began formal training in composition with Gordon Binkerd at the University of Illinois, (B.M.), continuing with Roger Sessions and Elliott Carter at the Juilliard School in New York, where he received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees.