Daniel Kang, piano

Hometown: Laveen, Arizona

Meet Daniel

Daniel Kang (piano), 17, from Laveen, Arizona, has been studying piano with Snezana Krstic. In addition to piano, he also studies violin with Julian Nguyen.  In addition to piano, he also studies violin with Julian Nguyen.

As a pianist, Daniel has received a number of awards, including first prize in the 2023 Opus National Competition, the 2023 MTNA Arizona Senior Piano Competition, the 2022 Charleston International Piano Competition, and the 2022 American Music Talent Competition. Additionally, he has won first prize in the Arizona Musicfest Piano Competition and the AMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition for three consecutive years. Daniel has also had the honor of performing in masterclasses led by esteemed artists such as Sean Chen, Norman Krieger, Douglas Humphreys, Alan Chow, Pavlina Dokovska, Nelita True, Yuri Kot, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, Dian Baker, and Eckart Sellheim.

An avid chamber musician, David recently won first prize in the 2024 Arizona Musicfest Chamber Ensemble Competition. Daniel also served as the orchestral keyboard player in the 2023 National Youth Orchestra (NYO2), performing at Carnegie Hall and on tour in the Dominican Republic.

As a violinist, Daniel is a member of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra and has participated in the AMEA All-State Festival for three consecutive years as a member of the first violin section. He was also a member of the 2022 YOLA National Festival Orchestra.

Outside of performing, Daniel is deeply involved in community service. As the current president of Bridge to Music, he leads efforts to connect the community through music-related projects such as second-hand instrument drives, organizing concerts at local senior homes, and musically supporting fundraisers for many causes.

Daniel is a recipient of the Tim Banker Talent Development Award which will support Daniel’s training by making it possible for him to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival this coming summer. The funds will also support his private lesson tuition and cover the cost of important consultation lessons in his upcoming senior year in high school, as he prepares for his college auditions.