Daniel Asia is an American composer.
Daniel Asia was born in Seattle, Washington, in the United States of America. He received a B.A. degree from Hampshire College and a M.M. from the Yale University School of Music. His major teachers include Jacob Druckman, Stephen Albert, Gunther Schuller, and Isang Yun in composition, and Arthur Weisberg in conducting.
He formerly served on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1981 to 1986. In 1986â€“88, a UK Fulbright Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship enabled him to work in London as a visiting lecturer at City University. Since 1988, he has been Professor of Composition and head of the composition department at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His notable students include David A. Yeagley.
In addition to composition, he conducts the New York-based contemporary chamber ensemble The Musical Elements, which he co-founded in 1977.
As a blogger, Asia contributes opinion articles to The Huffington Post. In 2013, he gained notoriety after receiving criticism for an April 25 article entitled "Carter is Dead." The responses to his article led to a subculture of Twitter jokes under the hashtag #DanAsiaArticleIdeas.