Dan K. Kurland begins his fourth season on the full-time muisc staff of
Theater Hagen in Germany, where he is Solorepetitor und
stellv. Studienleiter (repetitor and associate head of music staff),
responsible for artistic and managerial aspects of the theater's daily
and long-range operations. Plans for this season include a double bill of
Gavin Bryars's Marilyn Forever and Haydn's L'isola disabitata, Paul
Abraham's Die Blume von Hawaii, and Donizetti's beloved L'elisir d'amore.
At Theater Hagen, he continues his fruitful artistic collaboration with
Intendant Francis Hüsers, notably on a fully-staged production of
Schubert's Winterreise, for which Mr Kurland serves as co-creator,
Musikalische Leitung and Pianist, building on the successes of lasts season's
Ein Sommernachstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream) a production in
which he had a significant acting role.
One of today’s most talented and versatile collaborative
remains active in both vocal and instrumental concert repertories, with recital partners such as Randall Scarlata (performance in Liesing, Austria), Musa Nkuna (a Liederabend in Hagen featuring Schumann’s Dichterliebe), Jonathan Feldman (faculty, The Juilliard School), and Spencer Lang (finalist prize, 2015 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition as well as an acclaimed performance of Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten at the Aspen Music Festival). He continues to join Philharmonische Orchester Hagen regularly as orchestral keyboardist and as chamber musician. Other notable performances include those at New York’s Steinway Hall, The DiMenna Center, The Guggenheim Museum and annual return engagements to Alice Tully Hall and Caramoor. Mr Kurland has enjoyed collaborations with sopranos Stacey Alleaume, Rebecca Farley, Alexandra Flood, Raquel González and Jennifer Root, mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau, tenor Miles Mykkanen, violinists Jiafeng Chen, Hwi-Eun Kim, Eric Silberger, and Charles Yang, violist Jenni Seo, cellist Julian Schwarz, and actors Shalita Grant, Ernestine Jackson, Michael Kostroff, and the very successful string quintet, SYBARITE5. Mr Kurland also served as curator/artistic advisor and pianist for a one-night only performance with TONY and EMMY award winner Tyne Daly. Ms Daly and Mr Kurland first collaborated during the Broadway revival of Master Class (Manny Weinstock, u/s), the play about Maria Callas. Prior to his moving to Germany, he maintained an active vocal coaching studio in New York, where clients included prominent singers on rosters the likes of The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
A dedicated teacher, he conducted Philharmonische Orchester Hagen as part of their annual Musikalische Schnitzeljagd (2019). He has also been a guest coach/clinician at Chicago Summer Opera since 2018 as well a member of the faculty at both AlpenKammerMusik (Austria) and The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program (New York City). He served on the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France where he was one of the youngest musicians invited to join FAVA as assistant conductor/principal coach for operas as well as classic and contemporary French mélodie. With mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms, he also presented a series of education-concerts at the United Nations International School in New York City and has given master classes at Juilliard in Aiken, Columbia University’s Opera Untapped, and at Highland Park High School’s Focus On The Arts. Previous summer engagements include Wolf Trap Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and The Music Academy of the West.
A frequent performer and advocate of new music, world premiere performances include those of German Cáceres (Cartas Interdimensionales with vocalist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek) and Jared Miller (Caprice for Violin and Piano with violinist Francisco García Fullana). At Theater Hagen, he served as orchestral and rehearsal pianist for the European premiere of Everest. He also performed a collection of songs by Henry Cowell with soprano Julia Bullock, as well as numerous appearances at The Juilliard School’s FOCUS! Festival of New Music, including collaborations with pianists David Aladashvili and Peter Dugan and vocalists Carla Jablonski and Karen Vuong.
Mr Kurland earned his DMA and MM degrees from The Juilliard School with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Diane Richardson. While at Juilliard, he led the creation of the collaborative piano department’s Two Piano Concerts, featuring performances by students and faculty, and was also the founding music director and pianist for the Vocal Arts Cabaret at the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. Mr. Kurland earned his BM degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Anton Nel and Darlene Wiley. He has written articles published by The Chicago Tribune and The Juilliard Journal, program notes for PLAYBILL Lincoln Center, and most recently, contributed to Singing: The Timeless Muse (2018). A forthcoming article about France is expected in April 2021.
Born in Chicago, his first teachers included Svetlana Budilovsky and Kay Kim. In his leisure time, Mr. Kurland enjoys running, hosting dinner parties featuring recipes by Ina Garten, and surveying gin or French wines.
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