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Dan Cosley

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Dan Cosley received a dual MM in Guitar Performance and Composition from the Lamont School at the University of Denver, and his BA in Music from Clarke University. He has performed and recorded extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan on classical and electric guitar, having premiered works by composers such as Roland Dyens and Atanas Ourkouzounov. From 2006 to 2011, Dan lived in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked as a freelance performer/composer, and became the first non-Japanese elected to the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association's board of directors. His compositions are available through the Canadian publisher Les Productions d'OZ and the Japanese publisher Gendai.

Classes Taught

Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar
Orchestration 1-3
Guitar Skills 1-2
Guitar Ensemble
Music Notation: Theory and Practice
Composition Seminar
Performance Seminar


  • Dual Master's degree in classical guitar performance and composition, Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Studied guitar primarily with Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood, and also with Masakazu Ito. Studied composition with William Hill and Ricardo Iznaola (2005)
  • Composition studies with Samuel Adler (2005)
  • Bachelor's degree in Music, Clarke University. Studied guitar with Jaime Guiscafré and composition with Amy Dunker (2002)
  • Master classes with many artists including composer Samuel Adler and cellist Alban Gerhardt (1999-2005)


  • The Napoleon of Naka-Itabashi (2014)
  • Black Impact, with percussionist Elliott Hasiuk (2012)
  • Rising, with saxophonist/producer Jacob Saunders (2012)
  • Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown, with percussionist Elliott Hasiuk (2011)
  • World Folk Songs, with fellow directors of the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association (Gendai, 2011)
  • Ensō, with guitarist Nathan Kolosko (Corda Vuota, 2009)
  • Midwestern Hieroglyphs V. 2, The Mandala Duo with violinist Steve Lovinger (2009)
  • Midwestern Hieroglyphs V. 1, The Mandala Duo with violinist Steve Lovinger (2008)
  • Scenes from Ellis Island, by Benjamin Verdery (Recording with Tokyo Guitar Ensemble, 2008)
  • Circle Music, Solo electric guitar (2007)
  • The Mandelbrot Set, The Mandala Duo with violinist Steve Lovinger (2006)

Compositions and Publications

  • Echoland (for solo guitar) (2014)
  • Duke Ellington's Satin Doll and In A Sentimental Mood (arrangements for 3 guitars) (2014)
  • Trio in C Major Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven (arrangement for 3 guitars) Publisher: Les Productions d'OZ (2013)
  • Ten Textures: Studies in Reading, Technique, and Harmony. Publisher: Les Productions d'OZ (2012)
  • Waltz Triptych: An Introduction, article. Publisher: Gendai Guitar Magazine (May issue 2011)
  • Easy Pieces For Guitar Ensemble Vol. 2, World Famous Songs No. 1, with fellow directors of the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association. Publisher: Gendai Guitar (2011)
  • Waltz Triptych for guitar quartet or guitar ensemble. Commissioned by the Guitar Ensemble Association of Japan. Publisher: Les Productions d'OZ (2010)
  • Ensō for guitar duo. Publisher: Les Productions d'OZ (2009)
  • Water Strider for guitar quartet or guitar ensemble. Publisher: Les Productions d'OZ (2008)
  • Dark Match for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (2007)
  • Etudes for guitar (2006-2007)
  • Concerto for Guitar (2005)
  • Permanent Midnight II for guitar and flute (2004)
  • Permanent Midnight for piano (2003)
  • Green Sound for solo guitar (2001)

Selected Performances

  • Première of Echoland by Dan Cosley (Portland, Oregon 2014)
  • Première of Duke Ellington's Satin Doll and In A Sentimental Mood (arrangements) (Portland, Oregon 2014)
  • Trio in C Major Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven (arrangement for 3 guitars) (Portland, Oregon 2013)
  • Première of Ten Textures by Dan Cosley (Portland, Oregon 2011)
  • Première of Waltz Triptych by Dan Cosley with Ensemble Oz (Tokyo, Japan 2010)
  • Première of Atanas Ourkouzounov's The Red Elf's Tale with Tokyo M Group and the composer as conductor (Yamagata, Japan 2010)
  • Première of Roland Dyens' Soleils Levants with Ensemble OZ and the composer as conductor (Tokyo, 2008)
  • Japan Guitar Ensemble Association Gala Concert (Concertmaster for Tokyo Guitar Ensemble, 2008)
  • Solo Concerts (Fukuoka, Japan, 2007)
  • Up Close Avant (Concert series organized by Creative Music Works, Denver, 2006)
  • En Mis Palabras, an opera by Roger Ames, with the Central City Opera (Toured 2005-2006 season)
  • Première of Concerto for Guitar by Dan Cosley (Denver, 2005)
  • Graduate Recital of Distinction (Lamont School of Music, Denver, 2005)
  • Première of Gilbert Biberian's Rose Garden (Denver, 2005)
  • Première of Jessica Mays' Suite for Guitar (Denver, 2005)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos' Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra with the Lamont Symphony (Denver, 2004)
  • Solo concerts by invitation of the Rome Festival (Rome, Italy, 2002)


  • Adjunct professor of music, Marylhurst University. Courses taught: Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass, Orchestration 1-3, Guitar Skills 1-2, Guitar Ensemble, Music Notation: Theory and Practice, and Performance Seminar. (2013-Present)
  • Instructor of classical and jazz guitar, Portland Community College (2011-Present)
  • Instructor, private guitar studio (1999-present)
  • Music theory instructor, And Vision Music School, Tokyo, Japan (2009-2010)
  • Public high-school English teacher in Fukuoka, Japan. Hired via the Japanese government program JET (2006-2007)
  • Teaching assistantships in music history, jazz, and classical guitar, University of Denver (2002-2005)
  • Masterclasses in guitar performance, Clarke University (2003)
  • AmeriCorps program coordinator (2002)
  • Music theory teaching assistant, Clarke University (2001)

Awards / Associations

  • First non-Japanese elected to the board of directors for the Guitar Ensemble Association of Japan (2010)
  • Ricardo Iznaola Scholarship (2005)
  • Graduate Recital of Distinction (2005)
  • Awarded lifetime membership to Pi Kappa Lambda (2005)
  • Lamont Conservatory Concerto Competition, First Prize Winner (2003-2004)
  • Walter & Kathryn Dunham Fine Arts Award (2002)
  • Virginia Gaume Music Award for Excellence in Performance (2002)
  • Eliza Kelly Music Award for Academic Excellence (2002)
  • Won international audition and scholarship for participation in Rome Festival (2002)


  • Commercial music composition/recording. Clients include Disney, Comcast, Legacy Health, Room&Board, etc.
  • In-house music engraver for Oregon Catholic Press. Numerous publication credits including Journey Songs 3 (2011-2012)
  • Finale, Sibelius, and Logic software "power-user"
  • Japanese language (JLPT level 2)

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