New York native Daniel Keene is a lutenist, guitarist, arranger, composer, and consort/chamber 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 and performance spaces, regularly playing with violinist Lisa Casal-Galietta as the Moka Pot Duo, lutenist Matthew Weinman, pianist Dr. Fang-Yi Chu, The Red Door Chamber Players, and The Samadi-Keene Duo. He has also performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Bacheler Consort, The Golden Williams Duo, The New Place Players, and many others.
Daniel has been on the music faculty at SUNY Nassau since 2013; teaching applied guitar, guitar master class, music theory, and beginning guitar as well as directing the NCC Guitar Ensemble. He has also served on the faculty at Adelphi University where he taught applied guitar and directed the Adelphi Guitar Ensemble. Daniel teaches lute and guitar online globally and in New York.
Daniel began playing the electric guitar at the age of nine and in his late teens the Classical guitar and Renaissance lute which sparked his interest in early music. He studied with Jerry Willard, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, William Zito and Stephen Leonard. Daniel attended SUNY Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, and SUNY Nassau.
Instruments and Strings:
Grant Tomlinson 2009 10-course Frei Lute
Cezar Mateus 2017 8-course Hieber Lute
Cezar Mateus 2021 6-course Venere Lute
Cabasse-Bernard c. 1820 Nineteenth Century Guitar
Guillermo Del Pilar 1976 Classical Guitar
Kiesel/Carvin Zeus 2022 8-String Electric Guitar
Kurschner Gut Strings
Aquila Synthetic Strings
Savarez KF Bass Strings