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Daniel Léo SimpsonBiography

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Basic Information

About me: Daniel Léo Simpson, an American Composer with a flair for creating "contagious" and engaging music, specializes in unusual, interesting and dynamic works of every genre. From concerti and symphonies to commercials and film music, he is distinguishing himself as unique in his field.

Most recently, Mr. Simpson’s composition “Nocturne - A Poem for Symphonic Orchestra” has been selected as a winning composition from over 500 entries to be included in the soon to be released ERMMedia CD “MASTERWORKS OF THE NEW ERA" and recorded by the Grammy Award-Winning Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of esteemed conductor Maestro Robert Ian Winstin, with over 625 outlets of worldwide distribution through Naxos.

In addition, his piece for Violin & Orchestra entitled Soliloquy has been chosen from among nearly 600 submissions as having been chosen for the upcoming ERMMedia CD MILLENNIUM PROJECT: MADE IN THE AMERICAS! (See letter here)
He won First prize in the First Annual International Schillinger Composition Contest for his composition "The Art of Schillinger", composed wholly using Schillinger techniques and sponsored by The Schillinger School of Music in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

His entry “Tuscaloosa Tango”, has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Alabama Orchestra Association Composition Competition which includes an all-expense paid invitation as composer in residence to attend the 2010 All-State Festival on February 11th-14th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, participate in the Meet the Composer aspect of the Festival, and work closely with the conductor and ensemble that is premiering his work.

Most recently, Mr. Simpson’s music was chosen from over 650 entries for an opportunity to score the 1904 Thomas Edison silent film classic, “Maniac Chase” and will be released on DVD next year.

Daniel currently and happily resides with his wife, Palo Alto music teacher Mary Helen Simpson, in the San Francisco Bay area.