Daniel Rotem Trio
Born in 1990, Daniel Rotem was accepted into the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts in Tel Aviv, Israel. As a member of Thelma Yellin’s Big Band, he performed at two international events: the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the SAJE in Capetown, South Africa. He was also awarded an honors scholarship for 2007–2008 at the Shtricker Conservatory in Tel Aviv and a scholarship for the Berklee Summer Performance Program in July–August 2008 in Boston. He graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin’s Jazz Program in 2008. In 2009 the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel, and after attending auditions, he was awarded a full scholarship.
During 2009–2010, Rotem studied at Israel’s Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he was awarded a scholarship and had the chance to develop his performance and improvisation skills as well as his composing and arranging abilities. In the summer of 2009 Daniel participated in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy. He had the opportunity to play and study with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, and Michael Blake. Upon completing the workshops, he was offered a full scholarship to return for the 2010 program, where he met some of his former teachers but also played and performed with Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm and Jeremy Pelt.
In January 2010, he had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. It was a special experience for him, especially due to the fact that a group tutored by Mr. Liebman performed one of his arrangements to one of Mr. Liebman’s compositions. The youngest student to reach the finals, he was awarded first place in Rimon’s Outstanding Jazz Player Competition and as a result represented Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in The Hague. There, he had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman.
Rotem relocated to Boston in May 2011 and began full-time studies on a full scholarship at Berklee, working toward a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has performed at different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson; the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine and at the JEN conference in Kentucky in January 2012); and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer/singer Idan Raichel (he also played at concerts with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel in 2011). Other teachers he has studied and played with at Berklee include Bill Pierce, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, Tiger Okoshi, Shannon Le Claire, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He was also chosen as a finalist in the live auditions for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Masters Program, held in Los Angeles in February 2012. In March, Rotem and his quartet recorded one of his original compositions, “Hill Workout,” for Berklee’s Jazz Revelation label release, Ripple Effect. The recording was also included on a promotion CD sold during the many Berklee summer events and performances.
Considering music a force connecting people and cultures, Rotem decided to serve as a peer advisor helping new students and as a student ambassador representing Berklee. He was awarded the America–Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010–2012.