Daniel Lessner has thrilled audiences around the world with his dazzling performances and poetic interpretations of the great masterworks of the piano repertoire. Critics have hailed his playing as "brilliant and blazing" and have called him "a musician of pristine artistic taste and discernment".
Daniel Lessner began his piano studies at the age of four in Miami, Florida, where he performed his first public recital at age eleven. By the time he turned eighteen he had won over a hundred local and national prizes, including the Irene Muir Scholarship Award for the top young talent in the state of Florida and the First Prize award at the acclaimed Interlochen Music Camp's Concerto Competition, where he performed the Macdowell Concerto #2 in D minor and Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 in C minor.
He entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York City on scholarship to study with the renowned teacher Adele Marcus. While at Juilliard he won the Tchaikovsky Concerto Competition which he performed with the Juilliard Orchestra in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, under the baton of Massimo Freccia. After receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music, Mr. Lessner was chosen as a candidate for Juilliard'’s doctoral program. He remained at Juilliard as an Assistant Faculty Member for two seasons.
Mr. Lessner has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, performing solo and chamber works in cities which include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, Boston, Detroit, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami, Palm Beach, Helsinki Finland, and Stockholm Sweden. He has garnered top prizes in competitions including the Maryland International, the Gina Bachauer International, the Interlochen Concerto Competition, Miecyslau Munz, the Grand Rapids International, and the Van Cliburn Scholarship Award. He has also appeared as soloist with the Florida Philharmonic, the Miami Beach Symphony, the Queens Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, and the Interlochen Orchestra.
Mr. Lessner has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California as Professor of Piano. He also teaches privately in Los Angeles and gives Master Classes.
Mr. Lessner can currently be heard on United Airlines’s national advertising campaign performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Mr. Lessner is a Steinway Artist.