Dan Redfeld is a classically trained composer, conductor, orchestrator and pianist. His formal training began at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he received his degree in composition with an emphasis in conducting. In 1994, he was chosen to attend the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)/Fred Karlin Film Scoring Workshop. Since, Redfeld has composed, music directed, arranged and conducted a plethora of scores for theatre, film and the concert hall.
In 2001, “Little Women – An American Musical,” with music by Redfeld, lyrics by Christina Harding and John Koladziej, and a book by Steven Ganci and Ralph Lucas, was workshopped both in Los Angeles with Teri Ralston, Brian Evers and Gordon Goodman, and in New York with Elaine Stritch and Deborah Gibson. Dan is currently working on a new untitled musical with Koladziej and Harding, soon to be announced.
In October of 2010, Redfeld conducted the premier of his song cycle, “A Hopeful Place for Soprano and Orchestra,” with text by John Koladziej. The piece was written for soprano Kristi Holden (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”) and was recorded in August of 2011 with Ms. Holden, an all-star Los Angeles studio orchestra and Redfeld as conductor and producer. It is scheduled to be released in late spring of 2016 from PARMA Recordings.
“Travels for Piano Quartet” was premiered in June of 2011 by Central4, a chamber group for whom Redfeld served as Composer-In-Residence. In 2013, he and Central4 were featured at the Festival Internacional Bravissimo in Guatemala City. “Travels” received its international premier to great acclaim along with “Les Miserables Fantasy,” a new 12-minute suite arranged for piano sextet by Redfeld based on material from the hit musical.
Redfeld’s “Fantasy for Violin & Piano” was written for and premiered by violinist Elizabeth Hedman and pianist Robert Thies. They subsequently recorded the piece for release in 2016 as part of a chamber album of Redfeld’s chamber works.
His latest opus, “January 15, 1947 – An Impromptu for Solo Harp,” was commissioned and premiered by harpist Alison Bjorkedal. The piece took Third Place in the American Harp Society Los Angeles Chapter Composition Competition. The piece was recorded in 2014 for a release in 2015.
Redfeld’s concert works include “A Heart’s Journey for Piano & Orchestra,” “Dance Sketches,” “Vineyards for Octet,” “Serenade for Piano Trio” and the celebratory string quartet, “Jubilation Fanfare.” Recent works include a new, untitled duo for flute and harp for Boglarka Kiss and Alison Bjorkedal, and the “Fanfare and Theme” for large orchestra which is scheduled for recording in 2016. His “Arioso for Oboe, Percussion and Strings” premiered to great acclaim in May 2015 with the Santa Barbara Symphony under the direction of Maestro Nir Kabaretti and Lara Wickes as oboe soloist.
Among Redfeld’s twenty-five film scores are the AFI-produced “Clinic E” and classic film noir “Moustache,” which garnered him several awards. He has also composed scores for silent classics including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sheik,” “Hell’s Hinges,” “The Black Pirate,” “Safety Last,” “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” “Varieté,” “Asphalt,” “The Covered Wagon” and “Robin Hood.” In 2013, Redfeld participated in a five-city West Coast tour for the Library of Congress premiering his scores for the restored Mary Pickford classics, “Sparrows” and “Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall.”
For Buysoundtrax Records (BSX), Redfeld arranged, orchestrated, conducted and produced the critically- acclaimed compilation, “Music from the Twilight Saga,” as well as recordings of piano solo themes and songs from a wide array of film and television composers, most notably John Williams, John Barry and Jerry Goldsmith. In 2012, he produced and conducted “Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage,” an album commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and the re-release of James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning film. The recording contains music from various Titanic-related motion pictures and the Broadway musical with Redfeld serving as supervising orchestrator and arranger. “Schindler’s List: The Film Music of John Williams,” a chamber album of the composer’s greatest themes, was released in April 2015. Up next are two solo piano CD’s of John Williams’ and James Horner’s most famous melodies scheduled for spring and fall of 2016.
Redfeld produced, arranged, orchestrated and conducted “I Once Was Told,” the debut album of singer/ songwriter James Below released in 2009. In addition, he composed the tracks “While You Dream” and “Vocalise” with lyricist Koi Howard.
Redfeld has arranged and orchestrated for a variety of live ensembles. Most recently, he orchestrated “Beaches – A New Musical” for the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago and is set to open on Broadway in the 2017/18 season. He also assisted Jonathan Tunick on Shire & Matlby’s “Waterfall” which premiered in June 2015 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Redfeld also adapted Larry Blank’s orchestrations for the tour/license version of “A Christmas Story.” In December 2014, he arranged and orchestrated the Broadway medley/tribute for the Los Angeles Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala featuring Dale Kristien, Davis Gaines, Darcie Roberts, Debra Monk, Tracie Bennett and Jennifer Warren under the baton of Maestro Richard Kaufman.
As music director and conductor he has worked on forty-plus musicals including “The Who’s Tommy” (with Alice Ripley), “Chess – the London Version” (with Susan Egan, Ty Taylor, Kevin Earley and Matt Morrison), “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance,” “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Miss Saigon,” “Triumph of Love,” “Blood Brothers,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Spitfire Grill,” “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “The Secret Garden,” and “West Side Story.”
Redfeld music directed and orchestrated the “Cabrillo Music Theatre 2010 Holiday Spectacular” starring Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy. In August of 2010, he made his debut with Montana Lyric Opera as conductor for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” to rave reviews. In June of 2013, Redfeld was chosen as Assistant Music Director for “My Fair Lady in Concert,” starring Jonathan Pryce, Laura Michelle Kelly, Cloris Leachman and Michael York and directed by Tony Award-nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge.
Redfeld recently celebrated his thirteenth year as musical director for LA Opera’s Secondary In-School Opera, conducting the premiere of Nathan Wang’s “Orpheus.”
Redfeld currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, violinist Elizabeth Hedman. Fans can follow Redfeld and his projects on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. His discography is available at Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and other retail outlets.