Daniel Bassin, Class of 1999, is an active conductor, composer, trumpeter and improviser, currently Music Director of the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, a position he began in autumn 2010, and the newly-appointed Music Director/Choir Conductor at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo. Daniel came to Buffalo after working for five seasons with the American Symphony Orchestra, in New York City. A New York native, Daniel received his initial training at the Juilliard Pre-College, before being invited by Maestro Benjamin Zander to assist in performances with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, after which he was subsequently awarded a fellowship with Zander’s Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In Boston, he was accepted to the New England Conservatory as a composer, where he also studied trumpet with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter, Charles Schuleter, and conducting with Richard Hoenich. His education continued with a Masters of Fine Arts in Orchestral Conducting at Bard College, studying with Maestro Harold Farberman, and he is currently a candidate for the PhD in Composition at UB.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Daniel has led first performances of over 80 new works, and has performed as a conductor and trumpeter in 37 countries.
Daniel Bassin, Trumpet
MYO Class of 1999