American pianist Dana Brown is highly regarded for both his solo and collaborative performances. As a pianist, he has been heard many times on 98.7 WFMT Radio as a collaborator and soloist, in addition to performances at the Ravinia Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Light Opera Works, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Humanities Festival. His concerto appearances have been in the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg and Mendelssohn, including a performance of the "Emperor" Concerto with the Beethoven Society Pops Orchestra of Washington, DC. This fall he will appear as soloist with Orchestra Seattle in the Ravel Left Hand Concerto.
A nationally prominent vocal coach, he has coached at the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. At Lyric, he has played the lessons and masterclasses of Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto, Renée Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis. He has also coached at Northwestern University, the Intermezzo Young Artists Program, the Opera and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and the Taos Opera Institute. He was the coach for the 2008-2011 seasons of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Wisconsin District Support Our Singers Program. He is the co-Artistic Director of a summer program for emerging young talent, the UpNorth Vocal Institute in Boyne, Michigan. He is the current Chair of the Music Faculty and Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
He is the Collaborative Piano liaison to the Central Regional Board of NATS, and played the Renée Fleming masterclass at the recent national NATS Convention held in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned pianist Martin Katz. He currently studies with Mary Sauer, the former principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Website: danabrownmusic.com