Daniel Rorke, Peabody 2015
Daniel Rorke grew up in Toms River, NJ and began studying piano at the age of seven. In 2003
he decided to pursue music more seriously, and he was admitted into the Manhattan School of
Music Precollege Division. There, he studied privately with Dr. Donn-Alexandre Feder in
addition to classes in music theory, composition, improvisation and chamber ensemble. He
participated successfully in many competitions, most notably the Greater Princeton Steinway
Society’s Young Artists’ Competition (2006 and 2007) and the Cecilian Young Artists’
Competition (2007), leading to a performance in Alice Tully Hall, NYC.
Dan began his undergraduate studies at Stanford in 2007, where he pursued a BA in Music
Performance as well as a BS in Biomechanical Engineering. Dan has often enjoyed performing
with his twin brother, Christopher Rorke, a classical saxophonist, and in 2009 they debuted an
early, rediscovered saxophone sonata by Jascha Gurewich at the national conference of North
American Saxophone Alliance in New Mexico. In 2010, Dan studied abroad for six months in
Berlin, Germany, where he received private piano instruction at the Hanns-Eisler Hochschule für
Musik as well as performing biomechanics research on femur bone loading at the Julius Wolff
Institute for Biomechanics at the Charite.
In 2012, Dan expanded his musical horizons at the Bowdoin International Music Festival before
beginning his graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory with Seth Knopp. During his time at
Peabody, he became drawn to the Recording Arts, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree
in Music Recording and Production. Last summer, Dan interned at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley,
CA, where he was fortunate to work and learn alongside staff engineers. After graduation in
May, Dan hopes to work as a recording engineer in the Baltimore/DC area.