Daniel Colaner



Daniel Colaner’s parents received the devastating news that their six month old child was diagnosed with stage IV neourblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer which affects the nervous system, and given a 30 percent chance of survival. After extensive treatment involving multiple surgeries and several rounds of chemotherapy, they were told that even if Daniel did survive, he would likely face debilitating physical and cognitive impairment. His oncologist recommended the study of music to keep his brain active and, possibly minimize the devastating effects of his treatment. No one could have predicted that what started as a form of therapy would become a passion, and that this infant would grow into a talented young performer who, at the age of 12, would make his Carnegie Hall debut on solo piano, and perform on the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on the same day.

Social media exploded after Daniel’s live performance on ABC Good Morning America the next morning, and his remarkable story was featured on ABC World News Tonight, ABC Nightline, The BBC World Service Newsday, People Magazine, Top 30, Cleveland ABC News Channel 5, the Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, as well as numerous international online news websites such as RTL and NTV. He has been invited to perform live on The Harry Show, and The 700 Club, and has been engaged to present numerous piano and organ concerts this year. Daniel started formal piano training at age 5 with Trisha Thomson, and currently studies with Tatsuya Nagashima. He was awarded Third Place Honors in the American Protégé International Piano Competition in the 11-14 year old division, culminating in his Carnegie Hall performance in New York in November of 2017. He was also winner of the 2016 Ohio Music Teachers Association Buckeye Piano Competition, Middle East District and took Third Place Honors at the State Finals in the 9-12 year old division. At the age of 10, Daniel began studying the organ with Lynn Frey-Steward. He was awarded the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Organ Scholarship and was named Organ Scholar at St. Hilary Church in Fairlawn, Ohio. He is also the first organist to be awarded the Lynn Frey-Steward Organ Scholarship and currently serves as Organ Scholar at St. Sebastian Church in Akron.

Daniel was recently invited to participate in three college-level organ academies where he had the opportunity to work with some of the country’s foremost organ teachers; James David Christie of the Oberlin Conservatory, Janette Fishell of the Indian University Jacobs School of Music, and David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music. Daniel continues to study privately with Dr. Higgs at Eastman. Daniel attended St. Hilary School through the 4th grade, and has continued his education through Seton Catholic Home Study School. He enjoys tinkering with computers, competing with the local swim team, and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America.