Danaë Xanthe Vlasse is the director of Music Vision Studios, where she teaches piano, theory and composition. She is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher with a degree in Piano Performance and over a decade of teaching experience. As a composer she has contributed to the film industry, and her work as been featured on international radio broadcast. She is a recipient of the Radio Music Awards, Global Music Awards, and the Prestige Music Awards, as well as a multiple-winner of the Akademia Awards, multiple-winner of the MTAC “Composers Today” Advanced Division, multiple-winner of the Indie Music Channel Awards, and nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Mrs. Vlasse’s music has been extremely well received by critics, audiences and professional musicians, including pianist Yuja Wang, who is considering scheduling Mrs Vlasse’s three big Fantasies into future performances! Her "Neo-Romantic" works have been so appreciated by her colleagues that many teachers (including Antoinette Perry of USC) have asked for copies of scores so they can include these pieces in their student's performances and competitions.
Nearly all of Mrs. Vlasse’s music has been premiered; most recently, her music has been performed by pianists Nadia Spachenko, Mina Perry, Bryan Pezzone, Arsen Jamkotchian, Carlos Marquez, Joaquim Bonal Sarro and Harout Senekeremian, as well as the chamber trio Artifacto Ensemble, Long-Beach-Symphony principal cellist, Cecilia Tsan, and LA-Philharmonic violinist Mischa Lefkowitz. Longbeach Ballet Founder and choreographer David Wilcox has also choreographed dance to Danaë's music. Further collaborations planned include working with flutist Ying Li, saxophonist Chika Inoue, sopranos Christie Weber and Elisabeth Goell, and pianists Dr. Margery Whatley and Dr. Eugene Alcalay. Figure-skater Madeline Stammen (with Cirque Du Soliel) is also going to be incorporating Danaë's music into performance routines.
Danaë is a founding member of Nova Musicum; a non-profit project devoted to the performance of music by living composers, and collaborative platform for promoting multidisciplinary creation. Furthermore, she is active in collaborations with other composers from all over the world; she has worked with composers and musicians living all over Europe, the Middle-East and India.
Mrs. Vlasse is presently associated with five albums; in 2013 she released a CD called “12 Valses Mélancoliques” in which she performed the music of the Berlin-based composer Stephan Beneking. The 1st track on the album was in the “top 10” Classical hits on Soundcloud through the 2014 New Year! In 2015 she released an album called “Celebrations and Commemoration” featuring her own compositions, and shared the performance of her works with the Spanish pianist Carlos Marquez. In 2016 Danaë was featured as collaborative pianist and composer for two CD recordings with the LA-Philharmonic violinist Mischa Lefkowitz – these albums are titled “Evening of Romantic Pleasure, Part 3 & Part 4.” In Feb. 2017 Mrs. Vlasse released a piano solo album called “Trilogies,” featuring a selection of her most popular piano pieces with combine into nearly a quarter-million online plays! All albums are available for purchase through standard online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.
"a golden amalgamation of originality, musicianship and talent." - Lily Clark, Akademia Press Division
Mrs. Vlasse’s native France is a clear influence in her harmonic language and melodic ideas, while her Greek heritage guides her Classical approach to structure with balanced structural form and carefully measured phrases. When asked about what inspires her music, Danaë is quick to respond “My need to create is so profound that I would keep writing even if no one ever heard a note of my music, but I am always honored for people to listen; I feel I have so much to say for which words are insufficient!”
Mrs. Vlasse is available for new music commissions; see the "Commissions" tab (left column) for further information.