Bio

Steve Danyew’s music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent.

Danyew (b. 1983) is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including prizes from organizations including BMI, ASCAP, CBDNA, Ithaca College, Delaware Valley Chorale, Keene State College, Octarium, Society of Composers, Austin Peay State University, Shoreline Chorale, Hot Springs Concert Band, and more.

Steve received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, Danyew has served as a Composer Fellow at the Yale Summer Music School with Martin Bresnick, and as a Composer Fellow at the Composers Conference in Wellesley, MA with Mario Davidovsky. Danyew enjoys teaching and has held composer residencies, presented lectures and coached ensembles at schools throughout the United States.  He serves as an instructor in the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music, where he teaches a course on creative music careers.

A saxophonist and passionate chamber musician, Danyew frequently performs his own chamber music compositions and transcriptions for saxophone. After a performance of his own work, the South Florida Sun Sentinel proclaimed him a “saxophone virtuoso par excellence, making the instrument sing as well as shout.”

Danyew also serves as Project Manager for the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School, helping to facilitate a yearly grant program and biennial conference focused on innovation in music.

Danyew self-publishes most of his music catalog, though several of his choral works are now available from Augsburg Fortress and Colla Voce. Visit the store to listen to recordings and audio samples, see sample scores, and order music.