Dr. Daniel Baer

Piano (Suzuki and Traditional) and Chamber Music Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Chamber Music
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Eastman School of Music, DMA

The Juilliard School, MM

Eastman School of Music BM

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Douglas Humpherys, Seymour Bernstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Maxine Giannini

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I want each student to achieve their goals at the piano and to have a good experience playing and studying music. I teach technique not just to achieve mastery at the keyboard, but also to gain expressive freedom at the instrument. I encourage my students to use the score to support their musical intuition and to help shape their interpretive choices.

Awards and achievements: 

In 2015, Mr. Baer won first prize, the Marshall Prize, in the Grieg Young Artist Piano Competition, which resulted in his international debut at the International Bergen Arts Festival, a performance in Grieg's home at Troldhaugen, and a performance at the Grieg Oslo Society. He has continued to win prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions. In 2016, his students and supervisors nominated him for the highly competitive Eastman Teaching Assistant Prize, which he won. The Eastman School of Music recognized his contributions to the study and performance of piano with the 2017 Cobos Piano Prize, awarded to one graduating student. Mr. Baer has performed at Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Kilbourn Hall, and Paul Hall in solo and collaborative recitals.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

I am new to the Chicago area and so I am still learning about the city's vibrant musical life. I'm looking forward to becoming an active performer of solo, chamber, and new music throughout Chicago.

Interests outside of music: 

Reading, tea, soccer, running, cooking, and being outdoors.

Favorite quote: 

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

Favorite practice tip: 

Use a metronome and work in sections.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

My favorite composer often changes--there are are so many who wrote such wonderful and meaningful music! Currently, I am most interested in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, a composer who wrote personal, virtuosic, and deeply moving piano music, songs, operas, and symphonies. I also love to play art songs.

Favorite musical moment: 

The best moments when playing or teaching occur when I feel that I am getting closer to what the music means.