Joseph Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Italy, Germany, Russia, China, Holland, and New York. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Aaron Copland Award, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Composition Prize, the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition, the Young and Emerging Composers Award. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands, where he served as composer-in-residence with the Ensemble Studio New Music at the famed Moscow Conservatory, and lectured at Maastricht Conservatorium. He has been a resident in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Yaddo Colony in New York. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and his music is published by American Concert Editions, ADJ•ective New Music, and Murphy Music Press, LLC.
Over the past several years his creative voice has garnered much attention, with performances of his works throughout the United States and abroad. American presenters include Carnegie Hall, the Eastman School of Music, Boston Conservatory, the San Francisco New Music Festival, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. et al. His instrumental and chamber compositions have also been performed at such international venues as the Moscow Conservatory, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Conseratorio à rayonnement régional de Paris, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, the Conservatorio di Milano, and in Cairo, Egypt.
Originally trained as a pianist, Dangerfield is also active as a performer and conductor. He has conducted various concerts (chamber and orchestral) of music, both new and from the canon in New York, Vienna, Prague, and others, and has served on the faculty of West Virginia University, the University of Florida, and McNeese State University, and Coe College. He currently resides in West Virginia, with his wife, Ami, and their three children.