Professor Daniel Walzer
Art Institutes International of Minnesota
Daniel Walzer is a Minneapolis-based audio engineer, musician, producer and educator. Currently serving as Lead Audio Production faculty at the Art Institutes International of Minnesota, Walzer brings more than a decade of practical and diverse media production experience to the Twin Cities. Walzer started playing professionally at the age of sixteen and by eighteen had already performed as a concerto soloist with the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra and in joint concerts with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras under noted conductors Keith Lockhart and Jesus Lopez Cobos.
Walzer has an extensive discography of more than twenty-five albums as a performer, writer, producer and audio engineer. Walzer has studied, performed and recorded music all over the world including Brazil, Spain, and across North America. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Bowling Green State University, Walzer received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jazz Studies. Walzer is also pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Music Production and Sound Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Walzer’s distinct playing style coupled with a clear and concise musical sense have garnered him performance opportunities with some of the most sought-after players in the United States. Among those Walzer has performed and/or recorded with include Joshua Redman, Fred Hersch, Frank Vignola, Curtis Fuller, Adam Nitti, Grammy-nominated producer Ric Hordinski, Keith Lockhart, Kim Taylor and a 2006 nationwide tour with acclaimed guitarist Rodney Branigan.
Many of Walzer’s arrangements and compositions have been featured in film, video and across the spectrum of media. As an executive producer, engineer and performer, projects under Walzer’s watch have been nominated for numerous Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and received airplay on more than one hundred non-commercial radio stations around the world on Walzer’s independent label Essence of Now. Walzer’s composition “Thank You” was the inspiration for a 2003 short film called Invisible Me, which was featured at the 2003 Chicks with Flicks Film Festival. His other works and collaborations have been heard on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge and Trippin’.
As a media professional, Walzer has conducted and produced dozens of interviews with high-profile authors, musicians, industry insiders and political figures. An experienced producer and air talent, Walzer’s work has been heard on the nationally syndicated Valentine in the Morning, Citadel Broadcasting, Cox Radio, the Nashville Predators Radio Network, 5 Star Radio, the Granting Dreams Foundation, Indieheaven.com and with the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network among many others.
An active media and popular culture researcher, Walzer has presented papers at numerous regional, national and international conferences including the Broadcasting Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Art of Record Production Conference in Leeds and at the Christian Independent Alliance Summit. Some of Walzer’s papers have been published in the Journal of Media Education and the International Symposium on Electronic Art.
Walzer previously served on the faculties of the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, Bowling Green Technical College, and at the University of Cincinnati’s College Preparatory Division.