Daniel French (b. 1988, Rockford, Ill.) is an American composer.
Mr. French studied composition with Richard Danielpour at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Music Composition. A Los Angeles native, Mr. French is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of California, Los Angeles where he studies with Ian Krouse and Paul Chihara.
French's diverse body of work includes music for orchestras, wind bands, chamber ensembles, and the voice. Mr. French has a particular affinity for the American wind band and writes for ensembles at all levels. Mr. French’s music receives regular performances in venues across North America under conductors including Jack Stamp, David Gilbert, John Carnahan, Mitch Fennell, and Travis Cross, among others.
In 2012, Mr. French was the winner of the National Children’s Chorus National Composition Contest for his cantata ‘Till Daybreak (2011) and was recently commissioned by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to compose a new work for premiere in the spring of 2015. Mr. French serves regularly as guest conductor and clinician, and maintains an active private studio.
Works for Winds
- As One Listens to the Rain (2011)
- As Scattered by Waves (2011)
- Descending Blue, The (2013)
- In Shimmering Ardor (2013)
- Nne na Tatu (2013)
- Rime and Ballast (2014)