Dan Visconti (b. 1982) grew up in Chicago, where he came to music at a late age, beginning the violin at age 14 and beginning to compose three years later. He is an MMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, and has received bachelors and masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, he teaches composition, theory, and popular songwriting through the CIM conservatory as well as the school’s preparatory department, in addition to serving on the faculty of the Young Composer’s Program at CIM.
Visconti’s compositions have won awards and scholarships including a BMI Student Composer Award, an ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composers Award, two consecutive first-place awards in the ASCAP/Victor Herbert Young Composers Competition, the NFMC Devora Nadworney Award for Vocal Writing, the 2004 BMI Foundation Boudleaux Bryant Commission, first place in the 2004 NACUSA Young Composers Competition, grants from the American Music Center, and a 2005 Copland House residency. Recently, one of Visconti’s orchestral works was featured in the American composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings. His recent commissions include works for the Moore/Better Duo, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s AKI Festival, and Antares.
Visconti came to the Lucas Artists Programs to work on a commission from the Kronos Quartet as a result of being named winner of the most recent Kronos Under 30 Project. The work is a new string quartet in a single extended movement which will utilize electronic amplification and a battery of rock guitar pedals.