In this blog, I interview musicians about what inspires them to perform, compose, conduct, or do what they do in the profession of music.  Recent guests include Devin Hughes, Noam Aviel, Brett Mitchell, David Fisk, Jesse Rosen, Lawrence Golan, Michael Torke, Mariusz Smolij, and others!

T E S T I M O N I A L S 

"The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra commissioned and performed several times during its anniversary 35th season the Acadian Fanfare especially composed for this occasion by Daniel Perttu. Both the audience and the musicians greatly enjoyed this very well crafted composition citing two traditional Acadian tunes in order to make a unique connection with the local musical culture. I have been very pleased with our collaboration and hope to perform other works by this composer in the future."

            Mariusz Smolij, Music Director and Conductor, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Louisiana)

"The Acadiana Symphony of Lafayette, Louisiana, conducted by Mariusz Smolij, is playing Fanfare Acadien by Daniel Perttu at each of its subscription concerts this season. As the Principal Flutist, I really enjoy performing this work as it has such a wealth of variety of sound and texture.  There are beautiful sonorous chords that ring with “fanfare” as well as expressive woodwind solos and more technical virtuosic composition.  Each time, the audience has reacted very enthusiastically to this work as the program opener."

            Andrea Loewy, Principal Flute, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra (Louisiana)

"To Spring is a piece gifted with the rare quality of engaging its performers from the very outset of the work. Embedded in it is a unified poetry of sound and style. This piece invites the audience to journey through the variety of orchestra colors that this work offers. I enjoyed very much sharing the enthusiasm of performing To Spring with the wonderful musicians of the Falcon Symphony Orchestra." 

            Ruben Capriles, Music Director and Conductor, Falcon Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela)

"It is also my pleasure to welcome Daniel Perttu, marking the first time in my tenure with the FSO [Firelands Symphony Orchestra] that a living composer is present to hear a performance of his music.  Dan's 'To Spring' is filled with color and optimism and is a lovely harbinger of the approach of spring after a Northern Ohio winter" -- from Notes from the Podium.

Carl Topilow, Music Director and Conductor, Firelands Symphony Orchestra (Ohio)

"'To Spring' is a truly beautiful composition!  The FSO [Firelands Symphony Orchestra] was honored to perform your piece and have you and your family in the audience!  Thank you!"

Laurie Korobkin, Executive Director, Firelands Symphony Orchestra (Ohio)

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"Inspired by William Blake’s poetic ode, Daniel Perttu’s To Spring – An Overture is [a] majestic lyrical work." 

The Whole Note, Toronto, Ontario

"Although not thematically related to the music of Alan Hovhaness, [To Spring] evoked similar emotions as I listened, but Perttu uses more brass. It’s uplifting music."

Audiophile Audition

"Lyrical too is Daniel Perttu's To Spring – An Overture, which in its title alone exudes an air of Impressionism, even if it was inspired by the 1783 poetic ode of the same name by William Blake. Written in honour of his two daughters, the piece is Perttu's attempt to render into orchestral form their Spring-epitomizing spirits; certainly the music, a vivid, multi-hued scenepainting packed with orchestral detail feels like a blossoming, whether it be of youth or the natural world, and a triumphant one at that."  

Textura, Peterborough, Canada