Daniel Taborda Higuita
Colombian born composer. Daniel was born on October 27th, 1990 in Medellin – Colombia. He started his musical studies in the field of saxophone from 2000 to 2007 at Ciudad Bolívar School of Music. In the summer of 2014, Daniel received his bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at EAFIT University in Medellin – Colombia. He had studied under the Mentorship of the Italian Composer Marco Alunno. In 2010 and 2011 Daniel was selected to participate in the project “Hey, Mozart!!” with Batuta National Symphonic Orchestra. In 2012 Daniel won the contest of Music Composition for Wind Band in the category 4 for the virtual bank of music with his piece “Morita”. In the years of 2012 and 2013, Daniel was the main conductor of the Symphonic band in Gomez Plata – Antioquia, and in the following year he was the main conductor of the Symphonic band in Urrao – Antioquia.
In 2013 Daniel was awarded in the event Antioquia Vive la Música for his work as a young composer with his pieces “Iris” and the “Suite Sobre los Estados de Animo”. In 2014 he won the National prize of Composition of the Colombian Ministry of Culture with his piece “Primera Suite Para Banda Sinfónica Basada en Ritmos Colombianos”.
In the same year, Daniel won the second prize of the national contest of unpublished Colombian Music in San Pedro – Valle del Cauca with his piece “Fansaxo” for alto saxophone and wind band. In Addition to that his piece “Transfiguración” had a special mention for the artistic creation of the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
His piece “Iris” for Wind Band was published by Piles Music in Europe in 2015.
In the Fall of 2014, Daniel was awarded with a full scholarship to pursue a Masters Degree in Music Composition in the United States, and under the mentoring of Dr. Edward Knight at Oklahoma City University. In 2015 Daniel applied in the same university for a double Master Degree in Conducting with Dr. Eric Garcia.
During his studies at Oklahoma City University, Daniel had saxophone, organ and guitar master classes. He had performed playing the baritone saxophone with the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic.
Daniel served as an assistant conductor for the Oklahoma Youth Winds and Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. He also was the assistant conductor for OCU’s Fall 2015 Mainstage opera production of Don Pasquale. He was also the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Youth Orchestras (OYO) Composer-in-Residence. In 2017 Daniel graduated from Oklahoma City University with a high GPA.
In 2018, Daniel was accepted to pursue his studies in the field of Conducting in different conservatories and universities in Europe such as: Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Codarts and Fontys University (The Netherlands), and Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland).
His pieces “Fansaxo” was premiered by Honk Kong Tak Ming Philharmonic Winds in Hong Kong in June 2019.
In the Spring of 2019, Daniel was accepted in a Doctoral Program in Music Composition with a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship at Arizona State University. In spring of 2020 Daniel won the composition competition competition at Arizona State University. The same year ASMTA commissioned a piece for piano solo the ASMTA piano conference of 2020. Recently was awarded the 3rd place at the Kathleen Mykytyn Distinguished Composition Award and the "Composition Award - Symphonic Band Format" of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá.