Described by Christopher Rouse as a someone that is “not afraid to take risks”, the American composer Ben Daniels creates music that combines visceral power with emotional sensitivity. In his work, he strives to create music with a sense of immediacy, where striking ideas are presented clearly and explored to their full potential.
Ben has written for a variety of ensembles and performers including the Central Michigan University percussion ensemble, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Peabody Bass studio, the Listen! percussion ensemble, Imani Winds, the Wet Ink Ensemble, yMusic, Deviant Septet, the Norfolk New Music Workshop, and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.
He received his undergraduate degree in Music Theory and Composition from Central Michigan University where he studied with David Gillingham and Jay Batzner. He received his Master’s degree in composition at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Kevin Puts and Oscar Bettison. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University where he has studied with John Supko, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe.