Puerto Rican composer Dan Román has developed a compositional style integrating elements of the folkloric music from the Caribbean with the mechanics of minimalism and the aesthetics of postmodern art.
Dan Román was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974. At age 17 he began his formal musical studies at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, where he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Leonardo Egúrbida. He later completed graduate studies at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford, where he obtained Master's and Doctoral degrees in composition, having James Sellars, Robert Carl and Stephen Gryc as his main teachers.
Dan Román has received several scholarships and awards, such as the First Prize of the 1999 Composition Competition of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, the Ignacio de Loyola Honor Scholarship, The Roberto Ferdman Scholarship awarded by Pro Arte Musical, the Edward Diemente Scholarship from The Hartt School and the Conservatory Medal awarded by the Puerto Rico Conservatory.
His music has been performed in Puerto Rico, Europe, South America, Canada and throughout the United States, including performances at the 34th International Viola Congress in 2006, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention in 2005, CCSN's 4th Annual International New Music Festival, the 2005 Simsbury Chamber Music Festival, and as part of the Hartford Commissions Concerts at Merkin Hall of the Kaufman Music Center in New York.
In addition, Dan Román has received commissions to write new pieces for the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Ensemble Schumann, the Alturas Duo, the New World Trio, The Irrelevants, the Goldspiel & Provost Guitar Duo, and others.
Currently, Dan Román teaches composition, music technology and music theory at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), while continuously involved in new compositional projects.
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