Daniel Burwasser, born in New Brunswick NJ, is an American composer who has been writing and playing music since the age of 5. Originally a student of the piano, he eventually progressed to other forms of percussion, including drum set and orchestral percussion. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. in Composition from the Graduate School of CUNY. He is a recipient of grants from both The American Music Center and Meet the Composer

Critics have described Burwasser’s music as highly communicative, emotionally charged, actively engaging, refreshingly lyrical, and displaying a fine sense of balance and proportion. His works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in South Korea, Armenia, Slovakia, and Russia. Burwasser’s recordings on the Navona label include Flux by The Concordia Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop, Catching Fireflies by The Seattle Symphony and conductor Gerard Schwarz, Whirlwind for woodwind quintet, and Puck’s Game by the Sirius Quartet on an album entitled, PLAYING ON THE EDGE 2. Other recordings include A Well-Traveled Road by the Slovak Radio Orchestra and conductor Robert Stankovsky. 

Recent commissions include Breaking and Entering, a work which also features electronics for bassoonist Mark Ortwein. Other commissions include Kaleidoscope for cello and oboe for oboist Elizabeth Tomorsky Knott, and False Awakening for the Kalliope Reed Quintet. His latest commission, Prelude and Dance for strings, was written for the Rocky Mountain Middle School Orchestra. 

Burwasser has formerly taught music in the New York City public schools for 30 years and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at Hunter College, CUNY. He is also on the artist roster of Polyphony Artist Management.

Burwasser’s works are published by Imagine Music Publishing and Ensemble Publications. His works can also be purchased on Sheet Music Plus.


Playing on the Edge 2

Release Date: October 23, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6315
21st Century
String Quartet
PLAYING ON THE EDGE 2 follows up Navona Records' first Gramophone-lauded album in this series for string quartet. Like the first installment, the award-winning Sirius Quartet plays the entire catalogue to perfection.

Between The Echoes

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6057
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Wind Ensemble
Navona’s latest compilation release, BETWEEN THE ECHOES, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences. Moving across the spectrums of moods and dramatics, each piece brings a harmonic resolution to its soulful journey. This album joins multiple personalities in a collection of propulsive musical expression.


Release Date: September 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5969
21st Century
String Orchestra
LUMINESCENCE brings to light six works for small and large orchestra, showcasing the inspired directions and composers of contemporary orchestral music. Marvin Schluger's Manhattan Suite for full orchestra is being released 14 years after its recording. New York, 2013 by Raymond Bokhour is another piece alluding to the Big Apple, as experienced by the composer that year. 


Release Date: November 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5895
21st Century
String Orchestra
Throughout time, humankind has sought to provide explanation and justification for the pains, joys, and passions of life. With DIMENSIONS, Navona presents a collection of string orchestra works from seven composers (Gregory Hutter, Louis Babin, Reynard Burns, Andrew March, Claude Debussy, Rudy Kronfuss, Daniel Burwasser), whose music captures the fluidity of time and emotion and illustrates the impact of past experiences on the present and future.