Dr. Daniel D'Addio is Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) where he teaches Trumpet, Chamber Music, and Music Theory. Also, he regularly teaches a course entitled “Love: Taking It; Making It!” focusing on the music, life, and times of The Beatles from a musical, historical, societal, and philosophical perspective. In addition to his service to CCSU, Daniel D’Addio is Artistic Director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) and Music Director and Conductor of the Connecticut Youth Symphony (CYS) as well as a trumpet soloist and chamber musician.
As a conductor, Daniel D’Addio has championed new music through premieres of music by nationally celebrated composers as well as rare performances of 20th and 21st Century masterpieces through his work with HICO. He has also been a proponent of young and upcoming composers through premieres of numerous works during his tenure as Music Director of CCSU’s Chamber Players. Since 2000, Dr. D’Addio has continued to develop the legacy of excellence enjoyed by the Connecticut Youth Symphony for over 75 years. As time allows in his schedule, Daniel D’Addio continues to serve as an invited guest conductor and clinician of honors orchestras and ensembles leading the bright young musical artists in our public schools through seminal repertoire and exciting opportunities for music making.
Additionally, he is active as a trumpet soloist and chamber musician. Dr. D'Addio has concertized throughout the United States and Europe performing on concert series in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Vienna, Geneva, and Salzburg. As a chamber musician, he served as an Artist–in–Residence at the Bay View Music Festival. As a soloist, he has won several international and national competitions including the 1981 Concours international d'exécution musicale de Genève in Switzerland, the 1980 International Trumpet Guild Student Solo Competition, and the 1984 Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition. In his most recent, trumpet performance projects, Dr. D’Addio has commissioned and performed electroacoustic compositions utilizing both the Ableton Live Production Software with the Push Digital Audio Workstation in combination with amplified trumpet and analog guitar effects foot pedals. His performance language steeped in contemporary classical improvisation combined with an electronic music format has garnered him with invitations for performances at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and at conferences for the International Trumpet Guild and College Music Society.
Formerly a member of Brass Ring, Dr. D'Addio performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe and participated in chamber music master classes at major American universities. As the ensemble’s Artistic Director and First Trumpet, he developed the ensemble’s eclectic and diverse style that brought their music to prominent venues such as New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the historic Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, and repeat performances at Toad’s Place – Connecticut’s premier rock ‘n’ roll nightclub and concert venue. Dr. D'Addio was instrumental in the commissioning and premieres of several Pulitzer Prize winning composers, including Jacob Druckman, Ned Rorem, David del Tredici, and Christopher Rouse. As a member of Brass Ring, Dr. D'Addio was a prizewinner at the 1989 Philip Jones International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary. He participated in chamber music residencies at the University of Bridgeport and The Hartt School. Dr. D'Addio recorded with Brass Ring on the Crystal label.
Dr. D'Addio held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra and the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Hartford’s Asylum Hill Congregational Church. He has performed as a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra New England, the Goodspeed Opera House Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. D’Addio has also been active in scholarly activities throughout his career. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik and darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria as well as at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Cimarron Music Press has published his modern-performance transcriptions of the chamber music of Floriano Canale. And, most recently, Dr. D’Addio has begun activities as a composer. His Nuvole for Solo Trumpet has now been published by qPress. Throughout his career, Daniel D’Addio has maintained the study and development of pedagogical strategies, warm-up materials, and rehearsal techniques for trumpet practice and performance.
Daniel D'Addio has served on the faculties of The Hartt School, The University of Georgia, Otterbein College, The Hartt Community Division, The Neighborhood Music School, Western Connecticut State University, and the University of Bridgeport. Additionally he has assisted in the trumpet studios of The University of Michigan and The Ohio State University. He has conducted master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Daniel D'Addio is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Wedge Mouthpiece Endorsing Artist.