A native of Israel, Daniel Meron succeeds in expressing the diversity of influences from his homeland in his music. Nourished by the tradition of Jazz improvisation, but recognizing the value of a solid tune, Daniel finds a way to feature his unique playing style in brilliant compositions that are both sophisticated and lyrical, communicating vivid stories and emotions to the listener. Daniel began playing piano at the age of 8. After 5 years of classical training, he gradually shifted towards the contemporary and jazz genres. After Graduating from high school, Daniel joined the prestigious performance troupes of the Israeli Military. He served as a pianist for one year and was then promoted to Chief Musical Arranger of the performance troupes, a position he filled for the next two years. As a musical arranger Daniel had the opportunity to work with Israel’s finest musicians, and arrange and compose for large ensembles, strings and vocal groups, whose performances were frequently broadcast on national television and even performed internationally. In 2006, Daniel received a scholarship to attend the Rimon School of Music and majored in Jazz performance. That year, Daniel studied privately with teaching master Opher Brayer and pianist Avi Adrian. He led his own jazz trio that performed his original compositions in venues like “Tmuna Theater” and “Shablul Jazz” in Tel-Aviv. He was also a finalist in the Rimon Jazz Competition (2007) and participated in the Costa Rica Jazz Festival (2007). In addition, Daniel was the musical director for several productions at Bet-Zvi Academy of Performing Arts, musical arranger for the nation-wide performance show “Shir Nolad” and a pianist in a successful comedy show.
In September 2007, Daniel received a Scholarship to begin his studies in Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has had the privilege of studying with teachers such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson and Hal Crook. In the spring of 2008 Daniel received the Piano Department Award and in the spring of 2009 he was chosen to perform in the Piano Department Concert at the BPC. Daniel continued to lead his own band, performing in venues like Wally’s Café and Ryles Jazz in Boston, Miles’ Café, Puppets Jazz and Rose Live in NYC and HR-57 in Washington DC. He was also a finalist in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (2009).
During all of his years as a professional musician, Daniel has also been teaching the piano. He has taught kids and adults in Tel – Aviv, Boston and New York. Working with beginners, intermediate and advanced students, Daniel is teaching classical, popular music, and is specializing in jazz and improvisation, theory and ear training. He enjoys teaching and interacting with students of all ages, and succeeds in covering the important skills of piano playing while creating a fun learning experience. Currently based in New York, Daniel is performing with selections from his debut album Directions in venues across the East Coast. He is also performing as a sideman and working on new material.
Mr. Daniel Meron has joined the faculty of the Piano School of NYC in 2010.