Short Musical Biography


Daniel 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. He was also Dudley Music Fellow and Director of the Dudley World Music Ensemble at Harvard University in 2016-18.

Currently he performs as a cellist in the Dudley World Music Ensemble, various churches and other opportunities in the Cambridge/Boston area.