Daniel Manoiu, DMA
Daniel Manoiu is an award winning composer and pianist born in Bucharest, Romania in 1985.
Daniel has won prestigious national and international competitions, including the AMSA World Piano Competition in Cincinnati , OH (3rd Prize), the Rivere D'Oro Giovanni Talenti Competition in San Bartolomeo, Italy (1st prize), the Profil Special Award for his composition "X-cussion" for piano and percussion, and a Society of Composers Miami chapter film scoring award. He has performed at world class music venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall and the United Nations Auditorium in New York, The San Bartolomeo Cathedral in Italy, and the New World Center in Miami. He had his debut as a soloist with the Transylvania State Philharmonic in 2006, performing Bella Bartok's Rhapsody Op. 1 for piano and orchestra, and he performed his composition "Vitreous," for piano and orchestra at the National University of Music in Bucharest in 2007 to much critical acclaim.
Daniel has earned a doctorate degree in music composition and technology from the University of Miami, and a masters in music composition from Florida International University. Among his many mentors, he has studied composition with Dr. Orlando Garcia, Dr. Dennis Kam, and Dr. Doina Rotaru, and piano performance with Kemal Gekic, Tian Ying, Veronica Gaspar, and Olga Szel. He also attented master classes with composers Valentin Petculescu, Ari Ben-Shabetai, and Bernard Rands.
His music was comissioned by renowned ensembles and performers, including the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Hispanic Lyric Theater. Daniel wrote the score for the Romanian-American film Puzzle for a Blind Man, which was featured in numerous international festivals across Europe and the United States.
Daniel currently holds the position of principal musician at the University of California, Irvine dance department, and is an active composer for dance, film, TV, animation and video games in Los Angeles.
Daniel Manoiu performing Rhapsody op. 1 for piano and orchestra by Bella Bartok with the Transylvania State Philharmonic