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Daniel Abraham

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Conductor Daniel Abraham specializes in Baroque music but has also led choral and instrumental groups in various other contexts. He is also a significant educator and is active as a musicologist. Abraham was born in 1968 and has lived for much of his life in Maryland. He attended the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate, majoring in music, and went on for a master's degree at the University of Maryland in historical musicology and conducting and for doctoral studies in musicology. While there, he won two student awards for musicological research. With a growing interest in conducting, Abraham earned a conducting fellowship at the Oregon Bach Festival, studying with Helmuth Rilling, and he took further conducting lessons from David Hoose at Boston University. In 1999, Abraham became director of choral activities at American University in Washington, D.C., and he was named director of music there the following year. He has been associated with American University ever since, as professor of music and chair of the department of performing arts, and he has also written several musicological articles. In 1995, Abraham founded the Bach Sinfonia instrumental ensemble, remaining its director for 21 seasons. With that group and the Handel Choir of Baltimore, he made his recording debut in 2006 on the Dorian label, with a performance of Handel's Alexander's Feast, HWV 75. In addition to his work with the Bach Sinfonia, Abraham has been active widely as a choral conductor. He has appeared at such Washington-area venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Women's Museum of the Arts, and the National Portrait Gallery. In the U.S., he has been guest conductor of the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra and Trinity Chorus, and he has conducted ensembles in many foreign countries across Europe and in Egypt, where he served as a Visiting Distinguished Professor of the Arts. Abraham has prepared choruses for television broadcasts, including the Kennedy Center Honors Gala and Christmas in Washington, and has worked with conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leon Botstein, and with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Andrea Bocelli, and Kristin Chenoweth. He appeared on several more recordings on Dorian, moving in 2023 to the Chandos label to direct the Ensemble Sprezzatura on the album Altissima: Works for High Baroque Trumpet, featuring Baroque trumpeter Joshua Cohen.
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