Daniel Bukin (ASCAP) is a composer, conductor, pianist, and music educator currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His works as a composer and arranger extend from solo piano to full orchestra and cover many genres. Daniel draws influence from his Russian-Jewish heritage including from composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as from opera and musical theatre.
Daniel’s conducting highlights include three years with the Triad Area Medical Orchestra: first as assistant conductor before stepping up as full-time music director, music director and conductor for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Acting Out! drama program, two seasons as Assistant Conductor for the UNCSA’s production of The Nutcracker, serving as Assistant Conductor for the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and serving as Conducting Fellow with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Daniel is an active educator in the Albuquerque Public Schools System working as both a clinician and substitute music teacher. He is also an alumni member of ArtistCorps – ArtsEngage.
Daniel graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition as a student of Dr. Scott Meister and Dr. Ben Hjertmann. Daniel also graduated from UNCSA in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting, studying under Christopher James Lees. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of New Mexico.
Daniel has served as assistant and/or cover conductor to Christopher James Lees, Leif Bjaland, Chris Allen, Brian Cole, Antony Walker, and Jessica Morel.
Other conducting mentors include Jessica Morel, Mark Norman, Charles Gambetta, Ovidiu Balan, Larry Rachleff, Chris Kim, and Octavio Más-Arocas.