Pianist Daniel Rieppel, a Minnesota native of Austro-Hungarian and Norwegian descent, holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota under Lydia Artymiw. His principal teachers include Jack Radunsky and Leonard Hokanson, as well as John Perry at the Aspen Music Festival. Before relocating to the Twin Cities, he studied in Munich, Germany with the eminent German pianist Gerhard Oppitz.
Daniel Rieppel made his solo piano recital debut at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, a performance which was subsequently broadcast in its entirety by Minnesota Public Radio. He has worked as a chamber musician with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is a founding member of The Schubert Trio. In the Midwest he has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles, including the South Dakota Symphony, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (Minneapolis), the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Minneapolis), and most recently, The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra (Duluth).
He has performed widely in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, including the Palais Corbelli in Vienna and in duo recital with the Austrian violinist Risa Schuchter, during the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in Salzburg. He has performed for the U.S. Ambassador to Panama on several occasions, and is a frequent collaborator of the “Alfredo de Saint Malo” International Music Festival; he returned in May 2015 to open the festival with violinist Frank Almond, Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony, who performed on the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, recently featured in the November 2014 issue of Vanity Fair.
A recognized Schubert scholar, Dr. Rieppel has lectured and performed Schubert’s works in New York City, Vienna, and at Oxford University. He has published articles on Schubert’s early piano sonatas for several academic journals, including the journal “Durch die Brille,” of the Internationales Franz Schubert Institut. His work on Schubert was recognized with several travel grants from the Center for Austrian Studies (U of M) and a Fulbright Scholar Research award to Vienna, Austria. In June of 2018, Dr. Rieppel completed a recording of the Lieder of Julius Burger in Monmouth, Wales with SMSU graduate Ryan Hugh Ross, a Dutch-American Baritone who was the GOLD recipient during the festivities marking the 50th anniversary of SMSU last fall.
Dr. Rieppel has served as Professor of Music at Southwest Minnesota State University since 1998, and is also on faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He was for 15 consecutive summers an artist-faculty for the Young Artist World Piano Festival in Minneapolis, the premiere piano institute for aspiring young pianists in the Midwest. Dr. Rieppel lives in Minneapolis and recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as Music Director of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra in a gala concert featuring Maestro Manny Laureano as guest conductor.