Musical Biography

pianoidDaniel Gordon Ang is a composer, cellist, pianist and physicist who was born in Vancouver, Canada and spent his formative years in Bandung, Indonesia and Singapore. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 2015 with a triple major of mathematics, music, and physics, completing two senior honors theses in experimental atomic physics and music composition. Daniel has studied music composition with Eric Sawyer at Amherst, and taken master classes with Eve Beglarian, Michael Schelle, and Kristin Kuster, among others. He has attended composition programs at the Walden School and the St. Mary’s College Summer Composition Intensive, and performed his piano composition Energetic Fixations in Ehrbar Hall, Vienna. In 2014, he was selected to compose a Schubert-inspired work for the Amherst Schubert Project (Respiring Reflections), which was performed by the Wistaria Quartet. His first orchestral piece, Double Concertino for Oboe and Cello, was performed by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra in May 2015 under the direction of Mark Swanson.

As a cellist, Daniel first studied cello with Pak Yose in Bandung, Indonesia, and then with Guo Hao (Singapore Symphony Orchestra) in Singapore, and Boris Kogan at Amherst College. He has taken chamber music master classes with the Alexander, Parker, Brentano, and Tetzlaff Quartets, David Finckel, and Wu Han. He has performed in numerous student productions and compositions at Amherst College, as well as in the Amherst College Jazz Combo program.

Daniel is currently a graduate student in experimental atomic physics under the guidance of Professor Gerald Gabrielse at Harvard University, where he studies the shape of the electron. He is also Dudley Fellow and Music Director of the Dudley World Music Ensemble at Harvard for the 2016-17 season.

Musical awards, honors, and highlights:

  • Sundquist prize, Amherst College (awarded for senior demonstrating excellence in music composition and performance)
  • Double Concertino for Oboe and Cello performed with James Yang on the oboe and the composer on the cello, accompanied by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra directed by Mark Swanson, May 2015.
  • In Pursuit of Feeling, a 7-movement, 55-minute work for 16 players performed at Amherst College, February 2015, as part of a senior honors thesis in music composition. Awarded summa cum laude by the Faculty.
  • Respiring Reflections, a string quintet, performed at the Amherst Schubert Project, Amherst College, by members of the Wistaria Quartet and the composer, August 2014.
  • Third Degree prize, National Young Artist Category, and Honorary Mention, International Young Artist Category, 2014 Golden Key Festival Piano Composition Competition. Winning composition, Energetic Fixations, performed in August 2014 at Ehrbarsaal, Vienna, Austria.
  • Scherzo Sentimentale performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble at the Walden School, June 2014
  • Finalist, 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award for The Elements of Resurgence.
  • Composition teachers: Benjamin Lim Yi, Wong Yoon Foong (Singapore), Eric Sawyer (Amherst College). Masterclasses: Eve Beglarian, Michael Schelle, Kristen Kuster, Jay Batzner, Zae Munn.