Biography

New York native Daniel Keene is a guitarist, lutenist, arranger, composer, chamber player, and educator.

A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel performs on an array of plucked string instruments, including the Renaissance lute, Renaissance bandora, Baroque guitar, nineteenth century guitar, modern guitar, mandolin, and electric bass. He has concertized extensively in New York and along the East Coast as a soloist and chamber musician, recently performing at The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Opera America, Shapeshifter Lab, Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Spectrum NYC, The Custer Observatory, The Staller Center for the Arts, The Buttonwood Tree, and at a multitude of other venues. In addition to being a founding member of The Red Door Chamber Players, he is a member of The Samadi-Keene Piano & Guitar Duo and performs often in a duet setting with Soprano Erin Heisel. In addition, he has performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and Musical Amoeba. An avid performer of new music, Daniel has collaborated with composers all over the globe, premiering many new works on guitar.

Daniel is currently on the faculty at SUNY Nassau Community College, directing the NCC Guitar Ensemble and teaching courses pertaining to music theory and performance.

Daniel began studying music at the age of nine. He studied lute and guitar with Jerry Willard and William Zito, guitar with Stephen Leonard, and worked with tenor Jonathan Goodman, pianist Dr. Susan Sobolewski, and violinist Dr. Linda Sinanian on musical interpretation. Daniel attended Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, and Nassau Community College.