“’Divinum Mysterium’ by the prodigiously gifted young American composer Daniel Kellogg must be counted among the most immediately arresting new pieces I’ve heard in years.  Such is the richness and fertility of Kellogg’s imagination that one listens breathlessly, delightedly, to every passing inspiration.  Kellogg’s prismatic colors, propulsive, exhilarating rhythms and unerring sense of musical narrative (I couldn’t find a wasted note) give his work a vigor and freshness that is already his own.  ‘Divinum Mysterium’ received a happy, whooping ovation: I left the theater already missing its company.“
- THE WASHINGTON POST

“Kellogg has an ear for shimmering colors and pungent harmony, who boldly alternates pulverizing outbursts with primordial ruminations.”
-  THE NEW YORK TIMES
 

DANIEL KELLOGG, Composer-in-residence

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Composer Daniel Kellogg has become one of the nation’s most prominent young composers.  His 2010-11 season includes commissions for the Takács Quartet and a work for chorus and symphonic band, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, for the Wheaton College Symphonic Band and Choirs, conducted by John Nelson.  This season also brings performances of Mr. Kellogg’s work at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Denver’s Friends of Chamber Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and in Ann Arbor, as well as by the Air Force Academy, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, and the Fort Smith Symphony.

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 a 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.  The work 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.  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 completed his third year as composer-in-residence with the South Dakota Symphony during the 2008-09 season.  He had previously been in residence 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.

His Divinum Mysterium has been released, to critical acclaim, on eighth blackbird’s Cedille Records CD, “Beginnings.”



Instrumental - Large Ensemble
 

Ben for orchestra (20 minutes)
· 2006 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·

(piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets (third doubling Eb clarinet), 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion [anvil, cowbell, glockenspiel, high hat, large bass drum, large crash cymbal, marimba, medium bass drum, medium crash cymbal, snare drum, suspended cymbal, suspended small crash cymbal, tambourine, timbales, tom-toms, triangles, vibraphone, woodblock], harp, glass armonica, piano [doubling celesta], and strings)

Commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra
 

The Fiery Furnace for tenor soloist, bass-baritone soloist, chorus and orchestra (35 minutes)

(piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano, and strings)
Commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria
Premiered by the San Diego Symphony, Jahja Ling, conductor, 2008

 

January Scenes for chamber orchestra (16 minutes)

(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 F horns, 2 C trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion, strings)
 

Jasper and Carnelian for orchestra (13 minutes)
· 2003 ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize, Premiered by the Santa Barbara Symphony ·

(2 C flutes, piccolo, 3 oboes, 3 Bb clarinets, 3 bassoons, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, 4 percussion, harp, piano, strings, (In addition to primary instruments clarinet 3, horn 4, bass trombone, and 4th viola all play triangle)
 

La Luz for chorus and orchestra (8 minutes)

(2 C flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harps, piano/celesta, 3 percussion, strings, chorus)

Commissioned by the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Music Director
Made possible through a Music Alive Grant from Meet the Composer and the League of American Orchestras
 

Mozart’s Hymn for string orchestra in 16 parts

Commissioned by the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson, conductor
 

O Bone Jesu for chorus and orchestra (8 minutes)

(2 C flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra bassoon, 4 F horns, 3 C trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harps, piano/celesta, 3 percussion, strings, chorus)

Premiered by the South Dakota Symphony
 

Pyramus and Thisbe for narrator and orchestra (21 minutes)

(piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets (third E-flat clarinet), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 2 percussion [anvil, cowbell, flexatone, glockenspiel, high hat, kazoo, large crash cymbal, large bass drum, marimba, siren, small bass drum, snare drum, suspended crash cymbal, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, tambourine, temple blocks, tenor drum, timbales, triangle, tubular bells, vibraphone, wind chimes], harp, piano [doubling celesta], and strings)

Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC
 

Refracted Skies for orchestra (12 minutes)

(piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion [bass drum, glockenspiel, marimba, suspended cymbal, tubular bells, vibraphone], harp, piano, and strings)

Commissioned by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the opening of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building
 

Rush for chamber orchestra (4 minutes)

(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 F horns, 2 C trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 percussion, strings)
 

A Tent for the Sun for string quartet and wind ensemble (17 minutes)

(string quartet as soloists, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 oboes, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, tuba/euphonium, 2 percussion, piano)

Commissioned by the Maestro Allan McMurray and University of Colorado College of Music for the University of Colorado Wind Symphony and the Takács String Quartet as part of a five school consortium.

Premiered on March 1, 2009.
 

Western Skies for orchestra (17 minutes)

(3 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, english horn, Eb clarinet, 2 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoon, contrabassoon, 6 horns, 4 trumpets, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano, strings)

Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, Iván Fischer, Principal Conductor, through a grant from the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works.

Premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, April 2009.
 

 
Instrumental - Solo and Chamber
 

and the dust shall sing like a bird for violin and piano (20 minutes)
· 2003 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·
Commissioned by Young Concert Artists for violinist Nicolas Kendall
Performed at venues including the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y
 

Canvases for 13 wind players (13 minutes)
(2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, 3 percussion)
Commissioned by the University of Connecticut Department of Music
 

Coming into the World for string quartet
Written for the Jupiter String Quartet
Premiered by that ensemble on the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York on March 19, 2007
 

Conversations – nine duets for B-flat clarinets (18 minutes)
 

Divinum Mysterium for mixed sextet (30 minutes)
· 2001 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·
(flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
Commissioned by eighth blackbird with a grant from Meet the Composer
and released on the 2004 Cedille Records CD “Beginnings”
Performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, Miller Theater, Caramoor Music Festival
 

Fanfare for Dover Beach for string quartet (4 minutes)
Performed at venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art
 

Five Sketches for solo flute (12 minutes)
 

Four Valentines for string quartet (15 minutes)

Commissioned by Ellen and Bob Bildersee

Premiered by the Borromeo String Quartet on the Young Concert Artists Composers Concerts at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, and the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, in December 2008
 

Grand Canyon Hymns for mixed Sextet (18 minutes)

(flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
Commissioned by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble as winner of the Harvey Gaul Commissioning Prize
Performed at venues including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
 

Into Utter Forever for flute and piano (15 minutes)

Commissioned by Andreas Walburg-Wolfegg for flutist Catherine Ramirez
 

Lullaby and Prayer for violin and piano (8 minutes)
 

Momentum for solo piano (8 minutes)
· 1998 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·
Premiered at the 1998 Gilmore Keyboard Festival
Performed at venues including Alice Tully Hall, in Shanghai & Beijing, China, and broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today
 

Ora Perpetuo for piano trio (13 minutes)
Commissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center
Premiered by the Claremont Trio, 2003
 

Piano Quintet (20 minutes)
Commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival and School, David Zinman, Director
 

Points of Aggression for piano trio (8 minutes)
 

scarlet thread for solo piano (9 minutes)
· 2005 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·
Premiered by Hsing-ay Hsu in the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series, 2004
Featured in the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
 

Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert's "Death and the Maiden” for string quartet
(15 minutes)
To be premiered in the fall of 2010
Commissioned by the Takacs Society - University of Colorado at Boulder; the Denver Friends of Chamber Music; the Cleveland Chamber Music Society; the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and the 92nd Street Y
 

Sonata for viola and piano (12 minutes)
Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, 2003
 

Suite for Bassoon and Strings for bassoon and string quartet (13 minutes)

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition
Premiered by Yoshiyuki Ishikawa at the 2008 International Double Reed Society Conference
 

Suite for eleven players (13 minutes)
· 2000 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award ·
· 2000 William Schuman BMI Student Composer Prize ·
(flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, violin I & II, viola, cello, doublebass)
 

Sunrise on the Divide fanfare for 8 horns (2 minutes)
Premiered at the 2008 International Horn Conference
 

Things Fall Apart for solo piano (12 minutes)
 

Three American Hymns for string quartet (12 minutes)
Commissioned by the Ying Quartet
 

Whitening Fury for string quartet (7 minutes)
 
 
Vocal
  

Arise My Love for a cappella choir (3 minutes)
 

Ceremony After A Fire Raid for tenor and piano (14 minutes)
 
Children of God for soprano, alto, piano quintet, children’s choir (18 minutes)
Commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, Inc.
 

Gloria for SATB choir, SATB soloists, and strings (16 minutes)
Commissioned by the Fairfield County (CT) Chorale
 

Sim Shalom for a cappella choir (4 minutes)
 
This One Shall be Peace for Concert Choir (10 minutes)
 

 


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