Through his acclaimed performances, teaching, and artistic directorship, Dr. Daniel Acsadi is creating a unique and exciting direction for the classical guitar. Guided by his wide-ranging interests and Hungarian-American heritage, Dan’s repertoire and research interests link the great musical traditions of Europe and the Americas.
Since winning his first guitar competition at the age of fifteen, Dan has performed extensively throughout the United States both as soloist and in chamber ensembles. He has appeared in Boston’s Jordan Hall, Trinity Church, King’s Chapel, Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston GuitarFest, South Station Concert Series, the Longy School of Music, Harvard University, the Western Front, Hingham Saturday Sounds, and Newton Library Series. He has also played at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), and Detroit’s Holy Cross Church.
As a chamber musician, Dan frequently performs with his wife, violist, keyboardist, and music therapist Leticia Prieto Alvarez. He also collaborates with mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo and guitarist Adam Levin. Chamber ensemble programs often feature Dan’s original transcriptions ranging from the Renaissance to twentieth-century music. Current projects include a program of Portuguese music and the setting of Hungarian music to guitar.
Efforts to introduce the classical guitar to a wider audience have taken him to hospitals, assisted-living centers, libraries, churches, and synagogues, supported by a New England Conservatory (NEC) Outreach Fellowship. As the director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, Dan is striving to create an unprecedented local presence for the classical guitar through concert series, educational initiatives, and community activities. He is a former Associate Director of Boston GuitarFest and an NEC Teaching Fellow.
Beginning his musical studies at age six, Dan earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music from NEC and Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, where he double majored in music and economics. Dan’s principal teachers have included Eliot Fisk, Pablo Cohen, John Hall, and Alexandre Pier Federici. He has performed in masterclass for Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Eduardo Fernandez, Adam Holzman, Bruce Holzman, and Renato Butturi. Dan lives in Newton, maintains an active teaching studio in the Boston area, and is faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tufts University, Bridgewater State University, and Powers Music School (Belmont).