It’s not every day that you find a classical composer whose parents didn’t ask, “How’s the fugue coming along, Timmy” when he was 5.
At 5, Dan Visconti was playing violin, but two months later he quit. It wasn’t until he turned 18 that he started really listening to classical music.
A few years later he was composing it, but mixing in a lot of rock, jazz and blues. WKSU’s Vivian Goodman chatted with the Cleveland Arts Prize winner in a practice room at the Cleveland Institute of Music: