Daniel Anastasio is a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue who combines an intellectual curiosity with “technical prowess and emotional sensitivity” (Rivard Report). His performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, conducted by Leon Fleisher with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, was "the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house of standing ovation were any indication” (ECM reviews).
Anastasio was a concerto competition finalist at Stony Brook University and Juilliard, where he won the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. He received fellowships to Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival. Anastasio is the co-founder and pianist for Unheard-of, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning composers and premiering their works, as well as Agarita, a piano quartet dedicated to nourishing the arts community in San Antonio, TX through multidisciplinary collaboration, educational community engagement, and free, adventurous programming. With his wife Erika Dohi, Anastasio also co-directs blueprints piano series in Manhattan.
Growing up in San Antonio, Texas and studying under Rebecca Wilcox, Mr. Anastasio was a member and student leader of the Tuesday Musical Club, winner of that club’s “Bowman Award,” winner of the San Antonio Symphony’s “Future Stars” competition, concerto soloist with the Mid-Texas Symphony under David Mairs, and a repeat guest with the Olmos Ensemble and Musical Bridges.
Anastasio received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in music and philosophy at Cornell University under Xak Bjerken, and a Masters of Music at Juilliard under Jerome Lowenthal. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. Anastasio is excited to be back in San Antonio, having recently accepted a full-time faculty position at San Antonio College.