New York native Daniel Keene is a lutenist, guitarist, arranger, composer, and chamber/consort musician.
A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel performs on an array of historic and modern plucked string instruments such as the Renaissance lute, Renaissance bandora, Baroque guitar, nineteenth century guitar, modern guitar, and extended electric guitars. He has concertized extensively as a soloist and chamber/consort player in New York and throughout the United States in a variety of settings; performing with lutenist Matthew Weinman, soprano Dr. Erin Heisel, pianist Dr. Fang-Yi Chu, The Red Door Chamber Players, Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, and many others. Recent performances include concerts at The Custer Observatory, Opera America, Groupmuse, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Scholes Street Studio, The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Shapeshifter Lab, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, The Buttonwood Tree, Spectrum NYC, The Staller Center for the Arts, and at a multitude of other venues.
A dedicated teacher, Daniel has been teaching lute and guitar in New York and online globally for over twenty years. He has been on the music faculty at SUNY Nassau Community College since 2013; directing the NCC Guitar Ensemble and teaching applied guitar, beginning guitar, and music theory. Daniel has also served on the faculty at Adelphi University where he taught applied guitar and directed the Adelphi Guitar Ensemble.
Daniel began studying music on the electric guitar at the age of nine, picking up the Classical guitar in his teens and the lute shortly after. He studied with Jerry Williard, Arthur Haas, William Zito, Stephen Leonard, Jonathan Goodman, and Dr. Linda Sinanian. He attended SUNY Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, and SUNY Nassau Community College.
Main Instruments and Strings:
2021 6cr Renaissance lute by Cezar Mateus
2017 8cr Renaissance lute by Cezar Mateus
2009 10cr lute by Grant Tomlinson
1976 Classical Guitar by Guillermo Del Pilar