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Dan Campolieta

Dan Campolieta was born on Long Island in 1984 and raised in Connecticut. He is a pianist, organist, and composer in the Hartford area. Dan’s musical interests range from historically informed early music to the most avant-garde, and everything in between. Having trained as both a classical organist and jazz pianist, his style of composition often fuses elements of both genres. Dan has worked with composers Morten Lauridsen, Chen Yi, Kenneth Fuchs, and Steven Sametz and has written a number of choral works and chamber compositions that have seen performances throughout the Northeast and beyond. He has studied organ with Larry Allen, Angela Salcedo, and James David Christie, and studied jazz piano with Earl MacDonald.

Dan received bachelor's degrees in organ performance and music education from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Dan serves as Organist and Associate Music Director for Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, a position he has held since 2007. He recently accepted a position as a pianist with the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," in Washington, D.C., and will be continuing his career as a performer by joining this prestigious ensemble in July. As a composer, his works have been performed by both professional ensembles, including Voce, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Princeton Singers, as well as by collegiate and high school choirs, and at regional festivals. Most recently, Dan was commissioned by the vocal ensemble Voce through the Peter Bagley Commissioning Fund for New Works of Art to write a 15-minute work for a cappella choir. In 2012, his first CD as a composer, Guided Imagery, was released featuring a 10-movement song cycle written for Chanticleer baritone Marques Jerrell Ruff, as well as a shorter piece for clarinet trio. Additionally, Dan produced a classical single, released on iTunes and YouTube, in 2013 of Bach's triumphant Toccata in F Major, BWV 540 performed on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. He is published with Galaxy Music Corporation, a division of ECS Publishing.

Highlights on Dan's performance career include performing the Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G Minor and the Finzi Eclogue for piano and strings with orchestras in Hartford, collaborating with composer Morten Lauridsen and playing piano on the recording premiere of his chamber work Be Still, My Soul, and playing piano on the premiere of jazz bassist Rufus Reid's composition for Big Band and soloists, Quiet Pride. In addition to music, Dan is a fitness and wellness advocate. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Christen, and Shiba Inu, Xander.

For more information visit the composer's website.

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