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 Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, The Custer Observatory, Opera America, Shapeshifter Lab, Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Spectrum NYC, The Staller Center for the Arts, and at a multitude of other venues.
Daniel 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. He has also served on the faculty at Adelphi University where he directed the Adelphi Guitar Ensemble and taught applied guitar and basic guitar. He teaches lute and guitar in New York and online globally.
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.