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Daniel Zajicek (b.1979) is an American composer, artist, and pianist, whose works have been described as both “significant” and “unsettling.” His creative output encompasses opera, orchestra, choir, installation, video art, electronic, chamber, and instrumental works. Operas by Daniel have been performed by the Fort Worth Opera (Nothing in the Nothingness), the Nautilus Music-Theater (Nothing in the Nothingness), and on the Phil Kramer Recital Series (Portrait · TV · Man & Nothing in the Nothingness). He has received the Bertha Mallard Scholarship for Music Composition, the Richard and Candice Faulk Composition Scholarship, the Merrill Ellis Memorial Composition Scholarship, and as a pianist, Daniel was given a scholarship from the National Federation of Music Clubs. Additional honors for his music have come from the Missouri State Music Teachers National Association, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, as well as ASCAP. He studied composition and piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, electroacoustic music and composition at the University of North Texas, and received his doctorate in composition from Rice University.