Daniel Souvigny 

Jazz & Classical Pianist

Daniel Souvigny is a 17 year old award-winning pianist from Hampshire, Illinois who brings an abundance of energy and musicality to his performances, and enjoys sharing his passion of stride, swing and jazz and classical piano with an audience. He began piano lessons at the age of 5, and started serious technique training at age 10, while he was already gaining a following in the ragtime community, and playing free concerts for local venues and retirement homes as a way to give back to his community. He began violin lessons at the age of 6, and along with classical music enjoys the variety and uniqueness that the fiddle can bring to ragtime and jazz. Daniel is a three-time Junior Champion of the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest. In 2016, at the age of 15, he became the youngest to ever take a level of Second Place in the adult division of this contest, which is now held in Oxford, Mississippi. In July of 2016, Daniel had the incredible experience of studying classical piano for one month with Prof. Alexander Sandler, one of the top professors in St. Petersburg, Russia.  In 2014, he was awarded first place in the Illinois State Talent Competition, Junior Division in Springfield Illinois. He's had the honor of performing coast to coast at many of the country's top ragtime and jazz festivals, including the premier Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. At these events he garners top honors for his technique and improvisational skills, and importantly, has earned the respect and admiration of his peers. He’s shared the stage with everyone from blues greats like Marty Sammon from the Buddy Guy band and harmonica phenom Billy Branch, to stride monsters Brian Holland and Jeff Barnhart.  His first album, "Tearin' Up the Keys" was released in 2013, and his new album, "Possibilities" was released in 2015, featuring well-known jazz drummer Danny Coots. A recent review of this album states "65+ minutes of music at a skill level which most artists twice his senior would feel fortunate to achieve" and "He has mastered the art of improvisation. Not only does he dance around the perimeters of the printed scores, but he has come up with a unique ending for each cut on the recording."  Since the age of 13, Daniel has participated in numerous music camps, including the NIU Jazz Camp led by NYC drummer Bryan Carter, and NEIU’s Chicago Chamber Music festival. He also participates in the Chicago Youth Symphony Jazz Ensemble, who will be performing at the legendary Symphony Center of Chicago in a tribute to Duke Ellington.

Along with his immense passion for the piano and violin, Daniel brings an equal amount to the guitar and drums. Never one to be confined by genres, he’s at home sharing the stage with an alt rock band, or recording metal guitar tracks in a studio. In 2016, His side-project Pulsebeat opened for worldwide known pop artist Gavin Degraw, a Berklee attendee himself. 

  As he continues his journey in music, Daniel enjoys melding genres and pushing the boundaries of music. For recordings, please visit www.danielsouvigny.com