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Schaechter, Daniela

Schaechter, Daniela [born  Daniela Schachter, but she now uses the American spelling Schaechter), pianist and composer; b. Messina, Italy, 9 February 1972. Her father is Beniamino Schachter (born in Palermo, Italy October 19th 1934), a piano player. Her mother is Giuseppa Calabro (born in Messina, Italy June 14th 1935), a singer. Her brother is Davide Schachter (born in Messina, Italy January 6th 1967), a guitarist. Daniela got her Bachelor in Jazz Composition and Performance-Berklee College of Music (Aug. 02).

Daniela Schachter began studying piano at age eight, and by her mid-teens she was performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After receiving a degree from the Conservatory in Classical Piano Performance, she began teaching in Messina, Italy. In 1998, she received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Joanne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, Frank Carlberg, George Garzone, Hal Crook, Phil Wilson and Ed Tomassi. She was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Henry Mancini Institute for one month, where she has studied with Billy Childs and Bill Cunliffe. Daniela has performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Jazz Festival, the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Harry Skoler, Christian McBride, Bruce Gertz, Ingred Jenson, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horne, Al McKibbon, Phil Wilson, and Ed Tomassi, among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC) with the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead winners, April 4th and 5th and with the Sisters in Jazz group during Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, May 10th and 11th 2002.   She played at "The Blue Note" with "The Tiger Okoshi Quartet" May 13th 2002, New York and with Patti Austin, Nov 7th 2002 at Scullers Jazz Club, Boston and at Lincoln Center and Laura Belle NYC (special guest Regina Carter). She taught private piano lessons at Boston College High School and worked as a piano accompanist in the Voice Department of Berklee College of Music. She is touring with Patti Austin since March 2003 with the group BeboperElla.

Currently she is part of the Remember Rockefeller Jazz Group which performed at the Boston Center for the Arts a World Premiere ANADIMIOUPYIA conducted by Tibor Pusztai Aug. 21st 2004 Boston.

Daniela Schachter Quintet (2001)
As sideperson:
BPC Live: A night with Terri Lyne Carrington (2000), The Journey featuring Phil Wilson as conductor (2001); Berklee College of Music: Encore Gala 2001 (2001); Various Artists: Jazziz Women 2 (2001); Don Grusin-Sam Purkin: Signatures (2002); Berklee College of Music: Discover (2002); Marco Panascia: From Trio to Septet (2002); Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (2002); BPC Live: Seasons featuring Tiger Okoshi and Jeff Galindo (2002), The 2002 Awards Concert (2002)

Radio broadcasts:
WGBH, Eric Jackson/Boston MA USA
BBC World Service, Jazzmatazz/London ENGLAND EUROPE
ANIMAJAZZ, Bruno Bollacci/ Italy

Daniela wrote an article with musical samples for the next issue of the INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ARCHIVES JOURNAL - University of Pittsburgh - Fall 2004-2005.

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead 2002 Competition winner.
Sister in Jazz Competition winner, 2002: performed at IAJE Conference in January 2002.
Appeared in Jazziz of July magazine in the collector's CD featuring today's finest female artists, August 2001.
Liberace Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, April 2001.
Terri Lyne Carrington Scholarship, October 2000.
Berklee College of Music's Scholarship at Umbria Jazz Clinics, 1998.
Won "Tindari '93 Prize" for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide Schachter, summer 1993.

Contact information:
Daniela Schachter
40 Lincoln Rd. #4i
Brooklyn NY 11225 USA
C. Phone: (617) 771-6241
H. Phone: (718) 693 1051
Permanent address:
C.da Catanese Cpl. Futura pal. B
98168 a" Messina ITALY

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