Daniel Gonko is a freelance audio engineer, classically trained percussionist, and composer who resides in New York. He has mixed and/or mastered over 500 songs including over 40 full albums and 10 E.P.s for artists hailing from many places including North Carolina, New York, Chicago, Texas, Michigan, Colorado, and the Czech Republic. He enjoys utilizing his background in composition coupled with technology to score short films, as well as write music ranging from solo performer to jazz ensemble to full wind ensemble. Most recently, he composed and recorded ~20 minutes of incidental music for a production of Archibald MacLeish’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “J.B.”
Mr. Gonko maintains an active performing career that oscillates between jazz combos, orchestras, and musical theatre. This past summer, he was the resident percussionist for the Nutmeg Summer Series at Connecticut Repertory Theatre where he performed 7 shows a week of Disaster! (early June), Sweeney Todd (late June), and Jesus Christ Superstar (July).
Originally from Michigan, Mr. Gonko attended Central Michigan University where he studied orchestral and jazz percussion with Dr. Andrew Spencer and Robert Hohner. Graduate work in Commercial and Electronic Music was completed in North Carolina at Western Carolina University. He has taken lessons with many notable percussionists such as John Riley, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, and David Hall. He studied composition under Dr. David Gillingham, Dr. José-Luis Maúrtua, and Dr. Bruce Frazier and is published through C. Alan Publications.
CV and Resume available upon request.