Imagine for a moment, Omar Daniel as a young child, standing in the middle of his parent’s small family room. Eyes wide in awe, looking at his family’s brand new big Heinzman upright piano. For Omar this was his first experience with music, but not his last.
Soon after his family invested in the piano he began making the long trip downtown to the RCM central building in Toronto for lessons. Every week he would wake up, excited to make the trip, regardless of weather, excitement stirring inside him as he walked into the large old building, music bouncing off the walls.
After many years of studying the piano, for a short while in his teens Daniel studied both rock and roll music and bass guitar. While in college he became drawn to the more ‘classical’ ensembles, and after encouragement from his piano teacher he began to compose. Upon hearing his first major orchestral work ‘Black Dogs’ performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he knew he made the correct choice.
Omar was the recipient of ACM’s 2011 Composer Alive Commission for which he wrote a series of Preludes.