Daniel Taborda


Colombian born composer, Daniel was born on October 27, 1990 in Medellin, Colombia. He started his musical studies with the saxophone in 2000 at Ciudad Bolívar School of Music. IN 2009, Daniel pursued his bachelors degree in Music Composition at EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. There, he studied under the renowned Dr. Marco Alunno.

Daniel was selected several times to participate in the project “Hey, Mozart!!”  with Batuta National Symphony, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, current conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra  (YOLA). 

In 2012, Daniel won a prize for his composition for wind band “Morita”. From 2012 to 2013, Daniel was the principal conductor of the Symphonic Band in Gomez Plata,  Antioquia. He then, became the principal conductor of the Symphonic Band in Urrao, Antioquia.

Daniel was awarded in the event “Antioquia Vive la Música” for his work as a young composer with his pieces, “Iris” and the “Suite sobre los estados de animo”. 

Recently, he won the National prize of Composition from the Colombian Ministry of Culture with his piece, “Primera suite para banda sinfónica basada en ritmos colombianos”.  Daniel won the second prize of the national contest of unpublished Colombian music in San Pedro, Valle del Cauca with his piece, “Fansaxo” for alto saxophone and wind band. In Addition, his piece “Transfiguración” won an honorary mention for the artistic creation from the Colombian ministry of culture. His piece “Iris” for wind band was published in 2015 for Piles Music in Europe.

In the fall of 2014, Daniel came to United States to obtain his master’s degree in Music Composition under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Knight, at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma. In 2015, Daniel furthered his musical knowledge by pursuing conducting lessons with Dr. Eric Garcia. While at Oklahoma City University, Daniel studied saxophone, organ and guitar. He also performed the baritone saxophone with the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic.

Daniel has served as an assistant conductor for the Oklahoma Youth Winds and Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. He also was the assistant conductor for OCU’s Fall 2015 Mainstage opera production of Don Pasquale. He was also the 2015-2016 Oklahoma Youth Orchestras (OYO) Composer-in-Residence.

In 2017 Daniel graduated from Oklahoma City University with a high GPA.