Dan Visconti

"Ear Taxi Festival is a celebration of Chicago’s artistry and cements Chicago’s reputation as a vibrant hub in the contemporary music scene, reflecting our music community's exceptional collegial spirit.”

Dan Visconti composes concert music infused with the directness of expression and maverick spirit of the American vernacular. His compositions often explore the rough timbres, propulsive rhythms, and improvisational energy characteristic of jazz, bluegrass, and rock—elements that tend to collide in unexpected ways with his experience as a classically-trained violinist, resulting in a growing body of music the Plain Dealer describes as "both mature and youthful, bristling with exhilarating musical ideas and a powerfully crafted lyricism.”

Visconti’s commission credits include works written for the Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, Silk Road Ensemble percussionist Shane Shanahan, soprano Tony Arnold, and many others. His music has been performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, London’s Barbican Theatre, and Sydney Opera House.

Visconti’s music has been recognized with the Rome Prize, Berlin Prize, TED Fellowship, and awards from the Fromm Foundation, Naumburg Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Visconti is currently a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and a member of Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble.