Daniel Fox is a composer and a mathematician. He was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. He received a BA in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Hampshire College (2000) and a PhD (2005) in Mathematics from Duke University. After receiving his PhD he studied flamenco guitar in Seville with Juan del Gastor. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at UC Irvine and a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow at Oxford University. His mathematical research focuses on calibrated geometry and integrable systems. He currently studies composition with Suzanne Farrin. His previous composition teachers include Jason Eckardt, Maurice Wright, Matthew Greenbaum, Jan Krzywicki, Andrew McPherson, and Phillip Cooke .
Fox’s compositions have been described as “strongly imagined” and “driven by propulsive counterpoint” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). In 2013 he received the Presser Award to collaborate with the visual artist Gabriela Vainsencher on The François Vase, a work for string quartet and video. The work was performed by the Momenta Quartet in New York and Philadelphia. Fox recorded piano improvisations for Vainsencher’s limited edition video, Reconstruction, which premiered at the Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, France and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. He publishes research articles in peer referred mathematics and music journals and writes concert reviews.
He completed graduate work in music composition at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University while teaching as an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at Community College of Philadelphia from 2011-2014. In fall 2014 he entered the PhD program in composition at CUNY Graduate Center. His dissertation research investigates prominent moments of materiality in Western art music, including the music of Lucier, Ligeti, Feldman, Webern, Beethoven, and others.