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At an early age, Daniel David Feinsmith (b. NYC) was steeped in classical music through his parents and grandfather, who were members of leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and Denver Symphony Orchestra. His father Marvin Feinsmith has composed numerous solo, chamber, and symphonic works, and is one of a multigenerational line of composers, musical performers and writers which has been traced in an unbroken line as far back as the
1600s, including his grand uncle Leonid Andreyev, the greatest writer of the Russian Revolution. Feinsmith has studied western composition under Terry Riley, John Corigliano, John Thow and
Edmund Campion. He has also studied North Indian Classical Music under Ali Akhbar Khan, Terry Riley, Shabda Kahn, Pandit Jagdish Mohan, Sri Karunamayi, Ustad Mashkur Ali Khan and
others, in the US and numerous visits to Asia. Feinsmith composes works for concert soloists and ensembles, and has received commissions and awards from The Kronos Quartet, The American
Brass Quintet, The Alexander String Quartet, Grammy Nominee Solo Pianist David Holzman, Yaddo Artists Residency, Djerassi Residency Program, Filmmaker Rob Nilsson, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, the Jess Shensen Music Fund of Congregation Emanu-El, The Sifriya Foundation, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and others. He works and teaches in Emeryville, California.