Daniel Tacke (b. 1985) is a composer, educator, and performer of keyboard instruments. He holds degrees in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BMus, 2006) and the University of California at San Diego (MA, 2008, PhD, 2012), where he also taught as a Graduate Music Fellow. From 2011-2013 he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Arkansas State University.
His most recent compositions have centered around veiled and fragmented expressivities stemming from unconventional instrumental sonorities and subjective qualities of human experience such as embodiment and memory. Hs is a member of the American Composers Alliance, and his works have been performed and recorded in the United States and abroad by Duo Echoi, Ensemble Bonne Action, the Formalist Quartet, the Kenners, the Palimpsest New Music Ensemble, and the Red Light New Music Ensemble, among others.
As a pianist he was awarded the Advanced Certificate with Distinction by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (England, 2000). More recently, as an organist and harpsichordist he specializes in North German baroque music and the works of J. S. Bach, an area of research and performance that resonates deeply with his activities as a composer.
He lives in Jonesboro with his wife and two children.