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Daniel Muck

Each month, Firebird Feature shines a spotlight on individuals doing big things in education, travel, or the arts. This month, we sat down with composer and conductor, Daniel Muck.

Firebird Fine Arts Tours: You have accomplished so much professionally at such a young age. Can you tell us more about how you began your work as a musician, composer, and conductor?

Daniel Muck: I wanted to create music and to find new ways of sounds. I began to arrange other music and then began to compose for and to conduct ensembles and orchestras. My most important point was to have disciplines and promoters. If someone has talent for something she/he should also learn to use it for her/his life. I am very glad that it worked in my way of music. I think my best procedure was “learning by doing!”

Daniel Muck, born in Vienna in 1990, began his musical education at Music School in Staatz in Violin, Double Bass, Euphonium and Percussion. In June 2010 he graduated from Music High School Vienna and concluded his studies at University of Music and performing Arts Vienna with Magister artium degree in March 2015, where he is already teaching “Symphonic Wind Music.”

For eight years this young musician was conductor of the Youth Orchestra Staatz, since 2014 he is conductor of the Symphonic Youth Wind Orchestra Vienna, since 2016 Principal of the Youth Wind Philharmonics Lower Austria and since 2018 Principal Conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Vienna. Guest-Conductor at Orchestra of Technical University Vienna and Youth Symphony Orchestra Lower Austria.

At Classic Festival Kirchstetten he was commissioned as composer and conductor for the Austrian Brass Band and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Muck was also commissioned to compose a trombone concerto for Wolfgang Strasser (Vienna Philharmonics) and a bass-trombone concerto for Mark Gaal (Vienna Philharmonics) and is also arranger of Phil Blech Wien. He got three composition prices from the Austrian Composers’ Association, one recognition Award of the government of Lower Austria and one Price of the Dr. Ernst Koref Foundation.

We can’t wait to share more about our conversation with Daniel in the coming weeks!