About Dan Flanagan

Dan Flanagan has built a multifaceted career as a soloist and orchestral musician, performing concertos with orchestras in California and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. Flanagan currently serves as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Concertmaster of West Edge Opera, and Instructor of Violin at University of California, Berkeley. Described as an “excellent violinist” by New York Concert Reviews, he has performed as concertmaster with the Oakland Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, California Musical Theater, Symphony San Jose, and Opera Parallèle. He performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera and records film, video game, and television soundtracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Trio Solano and Eco Ensemble.

Dan is the creator of The Bow and the Brush, a project that commissions new music inspired by paintings and sculptures. He has performed selections from The Bow and the Brush in New York City, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Rome, Perugia, London, Bordeaux, and Paris. Several of these compositions can be seen on his Youtube channel (recommended by KDFC, The Strad, and SF Classical Voice) and heard on his album, The Bow and the Brush (MSR Classics). He will perform the program at Carnegie Hall in March of 2024.

Dan’s compositions have been heard throughout the world. He has been commissioned by International Arts Educators Forum, Trio Solano, Farallon Quintet, Hunter’s Point Shipyard Artists, Gold Coast Chamber Players, the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco, and numerous musician colleagues. In 2021 he received a grant from InterMusic SF to make a video of his composition “Ehrlichia,” Rhapsody in Discomfort #6, which is available to view on Youtube and brought catharsis to thousands of Lyme Disease victims. In 2022, he was awarded a Silver Medal for “Ehrlichia” by Global Music Awards.

Recognition and Awards

| The Bow and the Brush
Grant Recipient
| "Ehrlichia," Rhapsody in Discomfort #6
Silver Medal in Composition
| The Bow and the Brush
Grant Recipient

Video Sample

Audio Samples