Dr Daniel Rojas

BMusHons (Medal), MMus, PhD
Lecturer in Music Teaching and Research

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Website http://danielrojas.com.au

Biographical details

Composer and pianist Daniel Rojas’s research focuses on the indigenous, folk and popular music of Latin America—particularly salsa, tango and Peruvean Andean music—and how these can serve as a resource for composition and improvisation.

Rojas has won several composition prizes and awards and is currently working on a number of commissions for Australian and international artists. His work has been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and various ensembles and soloists.

Rojas completed a PhD in composition in 2010 and teaches classes in music language and skills and composition.

In the media

Selected publications & creative works

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Musical Compositions

  • Rojas, D. (2017). Happenstance and the Muse. Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). i. Nana de Sevilla (Lullaby of Seville), ii. Los Pelegrinitos (the Little Pilgrims), iii. Zorongo Gitano (Gypsy Song-Dance). Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). of magic and realism. Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2013). Concerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestra: 1. Serpentine 2. Ebb 3. Soiree. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2013). Three Songs of Garcia Lorca: 1. Nana de Sevilla 2. Los Pelegrintos 3. Zorongo. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2011). Entre Bajos y Alturas (solo piano). Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2011). Mirimba. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2010). Entre Ritos y Parrandas: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2. Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). 1. The Legends of the Sun, Moon and the Seven Stars 2. Bari, Use and the Seven Little Fishes. Sydney, Austalia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Apertura dura hervida: hard-boiled overture. Sydney: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Little Serenade for string orchestra. Self Published.

Music

  • Rojas, D. (2017). 1. Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla, 2. Introduccion y Allegro by Carlos Guastavino, 3. Navegar by Daniel Rojas, 4. Milonga and El Cronopio by Coco Nelegatti, 5. Jalousie Tango by Jacob Gade, 6. Carmen Fantasy by Francois Borne. Spain and South America. Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle, Australia: Twilight Musical Dialogues.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). Piano Concerto No. 1 (Daniel Rojas) "The Latin" i. Montunos ii. Valses iii. Alegrias. Willoughby Symphony Orchestra - Glory. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rojas, D. (2016). Orquesta La Luna at Camelot, Camelot Lounge; also various salon venues (, Sydney, Australia: Camelot Lounge.
  • Rojas, D. (2013). The Latin Piano Concerto: Piano Concerto No. 1. Tours en l'air: A Celebration of Music and Human Movement. Great Hall, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rojas, D. (2012). 1. Sikureada 2. Virgenes del Sol 3. Valicha 9. Resurreccion del Angel 11. Luna Sobre Miraflores 13. Improvisation. Latin Piano Expressions. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Daniel Rojas and Chiara Pascuzzo.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Rojas, D. (2012). 1. Latin Piano Expression 1 3. Latin Piano Expression 2 4-7. Histoire du Tango (I Bordel 1900, II Cafe 1930, III Night Club 1960, IV Concert d'aujourd hui) 8. Latin Piano Expression 3 10. Danza de Montanas 11. Latin Piano Expression 4. On Latin Piano Expressions, CD, Sydney, Australia: Daniel Rojas.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Nuestra Musica. On , Bolivia.

2017

  • Rojas, D. (2017). 1. Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla, 2. Introduccion y Allegro by Carlos Guastavino, 3. Navegar by Daniel Rojas, 4. Milonga and El Cronopio by Coco Nelegatti, 5. Jalousie Tango by Jacob Gade, 6. Carmen Fantasy by Francois Borne. Spain and South America. Adamstown Uniting Church, Newcastle, Australia: Twilight Musical Dialogues.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). Happenstance and the Muse. Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). i. Nana de Sevilla (Lullaby of Seville), ii. Los Pelegrinitos (the Little Pilgrims), iii. Zorongo Gitano (Gypsy Song-Dance). Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). of magic and realism. Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2017). Piano Concerto No. 1 (Daniel Rojas) "The Latin" i. Montunos ii. Valses iii. Alegrias. Willoughby Symphony Orchestra - Glory. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

2016

  • Rojas, D. (2016). Orquesta La Luna at Camelot, Camelot Lounge; also various salon venues (, Sydney, Australia: Camelot Lounge.

2013

  • Rojas, D. (2013). Concerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestra: 1. Serpentine 2. Ebb 3. Soiree. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2013). The Latin Piano Concerto: Piano Concerto No. 1. Tours en l'air: A Celebration of Music and Human Movement. Great Hall, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Symphony Orchestra.
  • Rojas, D. (2013). Three Songs of Garcia Lorca: 1. Nana de Sevilla 2. Los Pelegrintos 3. Zorongo. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.

2012

  • Rojas, D. (2012). 1. Latin Piano Expression 1 3. Latin Piano Expression 2 4-7. Histoire du Tango (I Bordel 1900, II Cafe 1930, III Night Club 1960, IV Concert d'aujourd hui) 8. Latin Piano Expression 3 10. Danza de Montanas 11. Latin Piano Expression 4. On Latin Piano Expressions, CD, Sydney, Australia: Daniel Rojas.
  • Rojas, D. (2012). 1. Sikureada 2. Virgenes del Sol 3. Valicha 9. Resurreccion del Angel 11. Luna Sobre Miraflores 13. Improvisation. Latin Piano Expressions. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Daniel Rojas and Chiara Pascuzzo.

2011

  • Rojas, D. (2011). Entre Bajos y Alturas (solo piano). Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2011). Mirimba. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.

2010

  • Rojas, D. (2010). Entre Ritos y Parrandas: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2. Self Published.

2008

  • Rojas, D. (2008). 1. The Legends of the Sun, Moon and the Seven Stars 2. Bari, Use and the Seven Little Fishes. Sydney, Austalia: Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Apertura dura hervida: hard-boiled overture. Sydney: Australian Music Centre.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Little Serenade for string orchestra. Self Published.
  • Rojas, D. (2008). Nuestra Musica. On , Bolivia.

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