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Daniel V. Mangiaracino


Daniel Mangiaracino, a 15-year-old from Lawrence, Ks, has been studying with Dr. Scott McBride Smith of the University of Kansas for five years. He started piano studies at age six, and presented his first solo concert at age seven. Daniel recently qualified for as a semi-finalist for the International Institute for Young Musicians. Daniel won First Place in The Kuleshov International Piano Festival and competition. First Place in the Heritage Philharmonic Concerto Competition and performed with the Heritage Philharmonic playing the First Movement of the Piano Concert in A Minor, Op. 16 by Edward Grieg, and was the youngest competitor. Daniel also was awarded the 2015 Piano Division Winner in the Topeka Symphony Orchestra Youth Talent Concerto Competition. He won Honorable Mention in the 2014 MTNA Piano Competition and the 2014 Bradshaw and Bruno International Piano Competition. Daniel was awarded First Place in the 2014 Midwest Chamber Ensemble Concerto Competition, and performed with the orchestra under the baton of Steve Lewis. He has performed live on National Public Radio and performs frequently for community events in Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas. Daniel was selected to study and perform Honors Recitals for both the International Institute for Young Musicians and the Interlochen Summer Academy for the Arts. In addition to his many piano accomplishments, Daniel recently competed in National History Day in Washington, DC performing a dramatic interpretation of Franz Liszt, winning high honors. He also enjoys performing ballet in Ballet Midwest’s productions and spending time with his 120 lb. Bernese Mountain dog, Gonzo.

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