Guitarist Dr. Daniel Quinn maintains an active performing and teaching career. Over the past twenty-five years, Dan has performed as a soloist in many recitals around the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Dan has been and instructor of guitar for thirty years at colleges such as Indiana University, Huntington College, University of St. Francis, and the Tokyo College of Music. He currently teaches at St. Mary’s college. He also teaches from his home studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA).
Dan has been active in creating new ensembles in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Including groups like the Fort Wayne Guitar Quartet, The Indiana Guitar Trio with Guido Sanchez-Portuguez and Nemanja Ostojic, Duos with John Alvarado, and other talented guitarists in the area. Daniel has worked with vocalist Mark Stachofsky, pianists Aki Wada and Angelin Chang, violinist Hiromi Ito, Cellist Hikaru Tamaki, Koto player Yoko Reikano Kimura.
Dan completed his doctoral degree in Guitar Performance and Literature at the Indiana University school of Music in 2003. His dissertation was about Guitar music from Japan. He has been invited to give recitals and lectures on this subject at such venues as the Guitar Foundation of America Convention at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Irino Center in Tokyo Japan, Hastings College Nebraska, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of music Summer Guitar Workshop. An article by Dan has been published for Soundboard magazine on Guitar music from Japan in October of 2005 (Volume XXXI (31) No. 1).
Dan has been an active proponent of new music for the guitar. He has premiered many new works at the June in Buffalo festival, for the Japan Federation of Composers in Tokyo, The Midwest New Music Symposium, Society of Composers, Inc., as well as many of the Indiana University Hammer/Nail project recitals, and composition recitals. He has premiered new works by: Gordon Williamson – Three Sketches (2000) and Music for Flute, Guitar and Cimbalom (2002), Garrett Byrnes – Perpetual Moments (2001) and Three pieces for Flute and Guitar (1999), Daniel Gilman – Kokai (1999), Kazu Munakata – Requiem 9/11(2003), Victoria Malawey – Winter (2001), John Gurino – About fruit-About eating- About eating fruit (1994), Michiharu Matsunaga – Timescape in a Dream (2001), John Ferguson –Interlude (1999) and Hooked on …a Climax! (1995), Satoshi Ohmae – Spacing (2002), Kevin Hiatt – Rokodan no Shirabe (1997), Catherina Palmer – Floating (2000). In February of 2006 he performed Sonata “Wind” by Yasuhiko Tsukamoto at Suntory hall in Tokyo to celebrate the publication of this score.