Composer/pianist Dan Sedgwick (b. 1981) was born and raised in Worcester, MA, where he attended Burncoat High School, an arts magnet public school. The passionate and dedicated teachers of Burncoat's Music Department encouraged him to perform with and compose for a variety of ensembles (percussion ensemble, jazz band, concert band, orchestra, brass ensemble, various mixed chamber ensembles), and he began to learn that music could play a powerful role in uniting and sustaining a community. This message was reinforced as Dan spent his summers rehearsing and performing amidst a multi-generational, international, and ethnically diverse community of musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, NH, where he has been actively involved since 1997. Through Apple Hill, Dan grew to know and love the chamber music repertoire and connected with numerous musicians from around the world, many of whom have since become artistic collaborators, including his wife, violinist Marji Gere.
Dan concentrated in music as an undergraduate at Harvard (A.B., 2003) and earned master's and doctoral degrees in composition from Rice University in 2005 and 2009. His doctoral thesis, a seventeen-minute theme and variations composed for the Apple Hill String Quartet, was described in a recent review as "distinctive and arresting… somber, studied, cerebral, and at the same time emotional, with occasional streaks of jollity… a powerful, engaging composition…" (John Zeugner, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 11/16/16).
Dan is currently active as both a performer and composer; his recent compositional work includes commissions from the Dilijan Chamber Music Series and the Sonad Project of NH, and he performs regularly as a member of the Red Hedgehog Trio (horn, violin, and piano) and in violin/piano duo settings with Marji Gere. His compositions have been performed by the Apple Hill String Quartet, Boston Public Quartet, Worcester Chamber Music Society, Gryphon Trio, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, Houston Boychoir, and many others, and his recent performances include appearances as guest pianist for the Apple Hill Summer Concert Series (Nelson, NH), the Newport String Project (Newport, RI), and Equilibrium Concert Series (Somerville, MA).
Dan has received recognition and support for his work from the St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston, MA (Emerging Artist Award, 2016), the Worcester Educational Development Fund (Worcester Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016), the Somerville Arts Council (Artist Fellowship Grant, 2014), and Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (nine-time recipient of Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2010–2016). He currently resides in Somerville, MA.