Dan Caputo (b. 1991) is a composer of instrumental and electronic works that explore themes of human experience, behavior, cognition, and psychology. His music is further inspired by physical location, with numerous works intended to evoke or be performed in environments outside of the concert hall.
A composition fellow at the inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab in 2017, Caputo worked closely with members of renowned ensemble Eighth Blackbird and composition faculty Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne over the course of two weeks to bring his work Dream Mechanics to life, a piece commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for performance at the Lab. Caputo’s Liminal was selected for performance by the USC Thornton Symphony in the 2018 “New Music for Orchestra” competition.
Caputo’s composition awards include the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award (Rictus for mixed ensemble), Peter David Faith Memorial Award in Composition (out of nothing for piano trio), a finalist placement in the ASCAP Foundation 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (out of nothing), and two semi-finalist placements for the American Prize in Composition (2014 and 2016 Chamber Music – Student Division).
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Caputo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California and holds a B.M. from USC and an M.Mus. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied under composers Ted Hearne, Sean Friar, Donald Crockett, Dan Welcher, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Donald Grantham, and Samuel Adler.