Daniel Szefer a talented young musical prodigy
Daniel Szefer is 13 years old and has played piano since he was seven years old. He is a student of Pawel Checinski and Ralph Neiweem. In January 2010, at the age of 10, Daniel played his first public piano recital in Miami, Florida. His performance was organized by the Chopin Foundation of the United States and was exclusively dedicated to the music of Frederic Chopin. In August 2010, Daniel played three one hour piano concerts in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago. On September 25th 2010 he was a guest performer in the “Farewell to Summer with Chopin”, organized by Polish National Alliance to celebrate the 200 anniversary of the composer’s birth. In March 2011, Polish television POLSAT made a short movie about Daniel and his passion for classical music. This special edition of “Faces of America” was watched by 40 million satellite television viewers on Easter Day. Daniel is a winner of many piano competitions. In March 2012 he was the youngest finalist of one of the most challenging youth piano competitions in the United States - Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions. He played 1st movement of Beethoven’s Concerto Nr. 5 and placed second (1st Alternate). In May 2012 Daniel was invited to study in the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music with one of the most sought after piano teachers in the world - Maestro Sergei Babayan. Daniel is a student of Washburne Middle School in Winnetka, Illinois. His favorite subjects in school are math and science. He plays piano in the award winning Washburne Middle School Jazz Band. He loves to read, play chamber music, and take long nature walks with his dog named Liszt.