Award-winning Musical Director & Pianist Dan Redner, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a 2007 alumnus of Grand Valley State University where he intensely studied both classical and jazz piano. Dan received outstanding performance recognition from Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Aquinas College, Muskegon Harbour Towne, and the 2006 Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois. Furthermore, Dan performed at the Devos Performance Hall opening for the Grand Rapids Symphony as well as serving as a clinic musician for the famous jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis. In September 2005, Dan performed at the annual T.S. Elliot Society Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, for the world premiere performance of Australian composer Craig Benjamin's opera, The Wasteland.
As a member of the New Music Ensemble (www.newmusicensemble.org), Dan recorded Steve Reich’s composition Music for 18 Musicians on the ‘Innova Recordings’ label in January 2007. Named among the top recordings of 2007 by the New York Times, L.A. Weekly, The Rest Is Noise, and New York Magazine, the CD reached the top of iTunes’ and Amazon’s classical charts, and it spent eleven weeks on Billboard’s top 25 classical crossover chart. The ensemble performed at the 2007 “Bang on a Can” New Music Festival at the World Financial Center in New York City, and they have been featured on National Public Radio.