Daniel Kang, 16, is a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts and a church pianist at Calvary PHX. Daniel began piano at the age of 9 with Snezana Krstic.
Daniel has won countless accolades in numerous piano competitions. Daniel earned first prize in the 2022 American Talent Competition, the 2022 and 2021 Arizona Musicfest Piano Competition, and the 2020 MTNA Arizona State Piano competition. Daniel was a winner of the 2022 AMEA High School Solo and Ensemble Competition and a featured performer at the Tier 3 Honors Recital at the AMEA All-State Festival. Daniel’s other piano awards include the 2022 and 2021 Steinway/Avanti Future Stars Piano Competition, the 2020 Sejong National Music Competition, the 2021 Arizona Piano Institute Solo Competition, the 2021 Angelo and Micheline Addona Piano Competition, and the 2021 James R. Anthony Honors Recital. In 2022, Daniel was a finalist and scholarship recipient in the 62nd Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Young Musicians Concerto Competition.
Daniel has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists including John O’Conor, Sean Chen, Norman Krieger, Alan Chow, Pavlina Dokovska, Yuri Kot, Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, Nelita True, Eckart Sellheim, and Dian Baker.
Daniel also began violin at the age of 9 and plays both violin and piano for the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra. Daniel has been a first violinist in the 2022 AMEA High School All-State Orchestra and in the 2022 YOLA National Festival conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Daniel is the concertmaster of his high school’s top orchestra. Daniel was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2023 Honor Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
In his free time, Daniel often collaborates with his siblings and friends. Daniel and his friends recently formed a piano trio for the upcoming 2022 Red Rocks Music Festival. Other than music, Daniel is an editor of his high school’s yearbook club and is interested in landscape photography and programming.