New York based, award winning composer, arranger, pianist and music producer Daniel Freiberg has spent most of his life at the intersection of the distinct worlds of classical, jazz, rock and Latin American music.
Freiberg grew up in his native Buenos Aires. He began taking classical piano lessons while surrounded by tango, Argentine, Uruguayan and Peruvian folklore, Brazilian and Rock music. A Dave Brubeck album he received as a birthday present from his high school friends changed his life…he got hooked to Jazz …and decided to move to New York when he was twenty-one years old.
Studying jazz arranging, film scoring and piano with established jazzmen Don Sebesky, Earl Hagen, Jacky Byard, Hal Galper and Andy Laverne further fed into Freiberg’s eclectic sound. He also studied composition, classical orchestration and contemporary music with Julliard professors and classical piano with Joan Behrens Bergman.
Thanks to a recommendation by master jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa, Freiberg met one of his main mentors and lifetime friend: the thirteen time Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, with whom he toured North America and Europe for five years as pianist. Performances include Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, The Village Gate, Jazz At Lincoln Center and Town Hall.
Daniel Freiberg’s jazz arrangements have been performed by Stephane Grapelli, Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Big Band featuring D'Rivera, The Wynton Marsalis Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Regina Carter, Claudio Roditi Quintet, WDR Big Band, The Swiss Big Band and Jorge Dalto (featuring Eddy Gómez).
Daniel Freiberg’s composition “For Lenny” is included on D’Rivera’s album “Song For Maura”, winner of the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year and also a Latin Grammy Award. His work can also be heard on albums by popular artists Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Chayanne, José José, Cristian Castro, Olga Tañón, Ednita Nazario, Cheo Feliciano, Jerry Rivera and Willie Colón.
This year, the Cologne Radio Orchestra will premiere Freiberg’s new composition “Latin American Chronicles: Concerto for Clarinet and Symphony Orchestra. This major work fuses the distinct worlds of classical, jazz and South American folk music that Daniel Freiberg navigates.
Daniel Freiberg is an active Film and TV composer working for HBO, Summit Entertainment-Lions Gate, National Geographic and independent movies.