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Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He received a 2009 gold medal prize from the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. In 2017 he was awarded a Special Judges’ Citation in the American Prize for Chamber Music Composition for his work for trumpet ensemble and drumset, Waves. As a composer Cavanagh has written or arranged for Latin Grammy-winning AfroBop Alliance, the legendary Patti LaBelle, and a wide range of classical and jazz performers across North America and Europe. He has released four jazz CDs as a leader, including Pulse and Heart of the Geyser on OA2 Records, and two recordings with Minnesota-based vibraphonist Dave Hagedorn, Horizon and 20 Years. His work Reach for violin and double bass can be heard on the album, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, by violinist Martha Walvoord and bassist Jack Unzicker on Albany Records (Troy 1791). His music can be heard on many other recordings both classical and jazz. He continues to be commissioned and programmed around the world.

Cavanagh has performed extensively in North America and Europe as a jazz pianist, and has also performed Asia and Central/South America. He has been a finalist in the EuropaFest Jazz Contest in Bucharest, and in the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Competition. As the Executive Producer of UT Arlington Records, he spearheads a record label that involves students and faculty in all aspects of production and management of a recording project, from conception to release. He also serves as the Co-Chair of Region VI for the Society of Composers, Inc., an international organization dedicated to new and contemporary music and composers. Cavanagh is Professor of Music and interim Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. He lives in Arlington, Texas with his family.

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