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. Known primarily as a chamber and consort player, he has concertized extensively in New York and throughout the United States in a variety of settings; performing regularly with lutenist Matthew Weinman, soprano Dr. Erin Heisel, pianist Dr. Fang-Yi Chu, The Red Door Chamber Players, and Mazzard Effect. In addition, Daniel has performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and many others. Recent performances include concerts at The Custer Observatory, , The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Opera America, 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 at the age of nine. He studied with Jerry Williard, Athur Haas, William Zito, Stephen Leonard, Jonathan Goodman, Dr. Linda Sinanian, and Dr. Susan Sobolewski. He attended SUNY Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, and SUNY Nassau Community College.
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
Kurschner Gut Strings
Aquila Synthetic Gut Strings
Kiesel electric guitars
"Daniel Keene is a guitarist and lutenist of exceptional ability, combining a comprehensive technique and scholarship with an innate musicality."
Jerry Willard, guitarist & lutenist
"Dan Keene has a solid technique and a truly great instinct for ensemble music. He has an amazing right hand, and his warm tone can be listened to forever. He took great pains to use different tone colors, and for this I admire him tremendously. He was always at ease with everything he was doing and I do not think he ever played a wrong note. If seen through the lens of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Apollonian and Dionysian duality, his interpretations would lean more toward Apollo’s approach to the art of sculpture."
Peter Fletcher, guitarist