||Daniel Kazez teaches music theory, world music, and cello at Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio (USA).
International Tour Highlights
Czech Republic (Český Krumlov, Prague)
Great Britain (Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Norwich, Nottingham, Rochester)
India (Bangalore, Bombay, Madras, Pune)
Indonesia (Bangkok, Mahasarakham, Roi Et)
Morocco (Casablanca, Fès, Marrakech, Marrakech, Meknès)
Poland (Częstochowa, Cracow, Łódź, Radomsko)
Portugal (Évora, Lisbon)
Thailand (Bangkok, Mahasarakham, Roi Et)
1995 European debut
Prague, Berlin, Rome, Florence, Paris, Salzburg, London, Brussels
Norwich, England--The Assembly House
Rome, Italy--Il Pitigliani
Daniel Kazez began playing cello at the age of five, under the tutelage of Leonard Feldman, cellist of the Alard String Quartet. He has performed recitals throughout Europe, including London (the Manor House and Sternberg Centre), Paris (Temple Victoire), Brussels (Cercle Ben Gurion), Salzburg (Chabad House), and Cardiff, Wales. His Paris and Florence debuts earned him standing ovations and he performed to a standing-room-only audience at Rome’s Il Pitigliani. He has performed at international music festivals in Berlin, Prague, and India and presented a concert tour in Eastern Europe with performances in the Czech Republic (Congress Hall, Prague; Jesuit Hall, Český Krumlov), Poland (Herbst Palace, Łódź; Ośrodek Promocji Kultury, Częstochowa; Centrum Kultury Żydowskiej, Cracow), and Hungary (Bálint Zsidó Közösségi Ház, Budapest). Kazez’s first performances in Africa were in Casablanca (Abbon al Abdullah) and in Morocco’s three “imperial cities”: Royal University Moulay Ismaïl in Meknes, National Conservatory of Music in Marrakesh, and Centre Maïmonides in Fez (as part of Morocco’s thirty-seventh national Fête du Trône celebration). Kazez has performed and lectured in Bangkok and northern Thailand and has recorded with the Bombay Film Orchestra (Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye, 2005).
Dr. Kazez is the author of more than a dozen scholarly articles on music theory, pedagogy, and performance, a dozen editions of music (published by Alfred, Presser, Southern, Ludwig, and MMB), and two books. Rhythm Reading: Elementary Through Advanced Training (W.W. Norton) is the most widely used rhythm textbook in the U.S. Kazez has given talks at twenty-five leading U.S. music schools, including the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Texas. He conducted research in India and gave a series of 14 lectures and performances, including appearances in Bombay (Indian Institute of Technology and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research), Madras (one-week residency at the School of the Krishnamurti Foundation in Madras), and Pune (Kala Chhaya Festival). Kazez was editor and principal contributor for Imprints of India: A Brief Guide to Indian Music, Dance, and the Visual Arts. Kazez has conducted research in Java and Bali (gamelan music, dance, and shadow puppet theater) and in Turkey and Greece (urban folk music). His activities have been supported by grants from the Lilly Foundation, Wray Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. He was the recipient of the 1996 Matthies Award and a 1996-1997 University of Chicago/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. Kazez earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory, Master of Music at Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins), and D.M.A. at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1986.
Kazez has conducted research in Java and Bali (gamelan music, dance, and shadow puppet theater) and in Turkey and Greece (urban folk music). Kazezs activities have been supported by grants from the Lilly Foundation, the Wray Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council. He was the recipient of the 1996 Matthies Award and a 1996-97 University of Chicago/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. Kazez has written program notes and has delivered pre-concert lectures for many major musical events, including the Guarneri String Quartet, Broadway on Tour, pianist Emanuel Ax, the New York City Opera, the Vienna Choir Boys, and the Beaux Arts Trio.
Kazez earned music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where he was awarded three consecutive Rackham Fellowships. He is currently Professor of Music at Wittenberg University.
Performances and lectures at educational institutions
International: Mahasarakham University; Roi Et College of Dramatic Arts, and Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand), Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (Bombay, India), Kala Chhaya Academy (Pune, India), National Conservatory of Music (Marrakech, Morocco), Royal University Moulay Ismaïl (Meknès, Morocco), School of the Krishnamurti Foundation (Madras, India), The Canadian School of India (Bangalore, India).
U.S.A.: Antioch College, Baldwin Wallace College, Ball State University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory of Music, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music, Central State University, Chicago Musical College/Roosevelt University, Clark Technical College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Dayton Art Institute, Defiance College, Denison University, Duquesne University, Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, Manhattan School of Music, Miami University, New England Conservatory, Northern Illinois University, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Pennsylvania State University, Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts, State University of New York at Binghamton, State University of New York College at Potsdam/Crane School of Music, University of Arkon, University of Dayton, University of Illinois, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Texas, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Valparaiso University, Walsh University, West Virginia University, Western Michigan University, Wilmington College, Wittenberg University, Wright State University-Lake Campus.
Kazez's playing was utterly in sympathy with the music...To listen was nothing less than a privilege.
David Quick, The Telegraph, Leeds, England
Kazez delighted his audience.
Christopher Smith, Eastern Daily Press, Norwich, England
Passionate music dazzlingly played...A most unusual and intriguing musical event.
David Quick, Harrogate Voice, Harrogate, England
The hall was filled to the last seat.... This concert was a great artistic feast for all music lovers.
JAK, Slowo Zydowskie, Warsaw, Poland
He played with deep feeling and sensibility.
Phil Rosen, Hadashot, Nottingham, Great Britain
Kazez brings an outstanding discipline and remarkable musicality to his work. His sound is pure and strong. He knows the literature and shows real joy in playing it.
Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register, Dayton, Ohio
Daniel Kazez is a terrific cellist. He serves his audiences a rare blend of absolute artistic integrity and accessible musical pleasure.
Alex Lubet, composer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Exceptionally gifted and articulate...consummate musicianship.
Robert Fleisher, composer/author, Chicago
Each year I attend a showcase of Ohio artists and get to see a lot of new talent. Daniel Kazez is my find of the year!
Richard W. Stroede, Director, Schomburg Artists Series
An impressive recital...I was enchanted.
Leo Hepner, Chair, Sternberg Centre, London
Kazez played with spirit,...warmth, rhythmic subtlety, and with an unquestionable regard for the music...The audience...responded unanimously with appreciation.
Ohio Arts Council
A gifted cellist.
Richard Kapuscinski, former Principal Cellist, Baltimore Symphony
Professor of Music
Ward at Woodlawn
Springfield, OH 45501 USA