Daniel Asia

b. June 27, 1953 – Seattle, washington, U.S.A.

American composer and conductor.
Daniel Asia received a B.A. degree from Hampshire College and a M.M. from the Yale University School of Music. His major teachers include Jacob Druckman, Stephen Albert, Gunther Schuller, and Isang Yun in composition, and Arthur Weisberg in conducting.
He formerly served on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1981 to 1986. In 1986–88, a UK Fulbright Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship enabled him to work in London as a visiting lecturer at City College. Since 1988, he has been Professor of Composition and head of the composition department at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His notable students include David A. Yeagley.
In addition to composition, he conducts the New York–based contemporary chamber ensemble The Musical Elements, which he co-founded in 1977. He has composed four symphonies, a piano concerto, and numerous chamber and solo works. [from Wikipedia article]


The Alex Set

  1. Alex I
  2. Interlude
  3. Alex II
  4. Interlude II
  5. Alex III
  • soprano sax solo
  • oboe solo
Date: 1971( hautbois version), 1995 (sax version)
Timing: 10'
Publisher: Presser
Premiere: soprano sax version: November 1, 2006 – Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. / Tim McAllister (soprano sax)
Other information: Commissioned by Alex Klein, oboe.


  • concert band
  • symphony orchestra (no sax)
Date: 2003
Timing: 5'
Publisher: Presser
Other information: commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in honor of their 100th season.

On the Surface

  • singer (soprano) & chamber ensemble [soprano sax, harp, cello, 2 percussion]
  • singer (soprano) & chamber ensemble [oboe, harp, cello, 2 percussion]
Date: 1974-1975
Timing: 26'
Publisher: Presser
Other information:


Instrumentation: symphony orchestra [flute, oboe, soprano sax, clarinet, bassoon / horn, trumpet, trombone / 4 percussion, timpani, piano / strings (3-3-3-3-2)]
Date: 1980-81
Timing: 14'
Publisher: Presser
Premiere: February 18, 1982 – U.S.A. / Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble, Daniel Asia (conductor)
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