About Dr. Kris Danielsen
Get to know Dr. Kris Danielsen
Dr. Kristoffer Danielsen is an active freelance trombonist and educator throughout greater New England. In addition to maintaining an extensive private teaching studio, Kris is on the faculty of Westfield State University and has performed with the Albany Symphony, Cape Symphony, Portland Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Handel Society, Moscow Ballet, Nautilus Brass Quintet, Massachusetts Chamber Players, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Windham Symphony, Keene Chamber Orchestra, and Keene Jazz Orchestra. Kris is currently the bass trombonist of The Valley Winds, an American Prize-winning wind ensemble based in Western Massachusetts. He can be heard on the Grammy-nominated recordings “Fantastique” (MSR) and “Johan De Meij: The Symphonies” (NAXOS), and has been a guest recitalist and masterclass presenter at Umass Amherst. Kris is also the founder of The Valley Bones, a low brass chamber ensemble based in the Pioneer Valley.
During quarentine, Kris has kept busy teaching virtual lessons and editing virtual ensemble performances for The Valley Winds, Smith College, Westfield State University, and others.
A native of western Massachusetts, Kris holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (B.M. 2010), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (M.M. 2013), and Boston University (D.M.A. 2018). He has studied with Gabe Langfur, Greg Spiridopoulos, Toby Oft, James Olin, David Fedderly, and Steven Kellner. Kris has also attended the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Chamber Music Festival and the Alessi Seminar in Eugene, Oregon, and served on the faculties of Westfield State University, Shepherd University Trombone Day, Northampton Community Music School, The Prindle School, and Belchertown Public Schools.