Danny Seidenberg has enjoyed a varied and eclectic musical career, moving between classical, jazz and pop styles as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. He made his solo viola debut at age 16 with the Pittsburgh Symphony as part of their Young People’s Concert series. He went on to the Juilliard School, and then became a New York player with such groups as the American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Radio City Music Hall, Classical Bande, American Composer’s Orchestra, Solisti New York, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, New Jersey Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte, and Opera Orchestra of New York. He toured and performed with Steve Reich, the Village People, Liza Minnelli, and was a Broadway show regular.
However, Danny is probably best known for his 11 years as the violist of the Turtle Island String Quartet, performing all over the world and making some 25 recordings. When he joined the trailblazing quartet in 1992, Leonard Feather, writing in Down Beat Magazine, proclaimed him ‘a gifted new voice in jazz’ . The quartet also had notable collaborations with Dr Billy Taylor, Tuck and Patti, Garrison Keillor, the Detroit Symphony and Paquito D’Rivera, to name a just a few. In 2003 Danny left TISQ for a full time tenure as a studio musician in Los Angeles, playing on hundreds of movie and TV scores, as well as with the LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Musica Angelica, the Black Eyed Peas, and as principal viola of the Pasadena Pops. He was also a regular faculty member of the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA.
Danny moved to Oregon in 2008, playing with the Portland Opera, Eugene Symphony, Corvallis Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Lion King, and was adjunct professor of violin and viola at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In 2013 his wife, Daryl Silberman, became the orchestra director of Waubansie High School in Naperville, Il., and the family moved to the Chicago area.
Danny’s most recent recording, ‘Alto Logic’, with his very special trio – the ‘Unbande’ (2 violas and the Chapman Stick) is available at CD Baby. His latest orchestral composition ‘Tableau Cinametique’ was premiered in Boston in 2011. ‘Winter Variations’ (a recomposition of Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto) was nominated for a German Grammy in 1999, and his arrangement of Milhaud’s ‘Création du Monde’ for double string quartet was a Grammy winner in 2004. He is also an experienced early music specialist and pianist.