Pianist and Composer Declan Siefkas started playing piano at age 5 in his hometown of Chicago, and found a serious love of music upon moving to Colorado for college. As an undergraduate, and with the help of a few friends, he founded the Tenebrae Ensemble as a way to perform contemporary classical music, including some of his own. In addition to his work as director of Tenebrae, he regularly performed on the piano, with a special interest in the music of Schubert, Beethoven, and Chopin. Through performing, conducting, and composing, he eventually decided to pursue a masters degree in music theory at New England Conservatory, which he completed in the spring of 2021.
In addition to doing his homework at NEC, Declan has spent the last two years teaching classes in music theory, composition, and piano, as well as working as the assistant conductor at Tufts University. For a look at some of his work, feel free to visit www.declansiefkas.com.
Declan currently lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Anna, and their cat, Mystic. When he is not conducting at Tufts or teaching private lessons, he’s working on a mobile video game for teaching music theory to young students, and figuring out how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie.