Daniel Zlatkin's compositions have been played by the Da Capo Chamber Players, Calidore Quartet, The Brass Project, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now. His music has been featured at National Sawdust (Brooklyn), Music From Angel Fire (New Mexico), and the Fisher Center for Performing Arts (Hudson Valley).
Zlatkin is influenced by Mahler, Bartók, Black Sabbath, Ligeti, Beethoven, Dante, Thoreau, and Galina Ustvolskaya. His music strives to stretch reality, and can be visceral, austere, humorous, and sometimes phantasmagorical.
He frequently performs his own music as a cellist, and has also performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, and Contemporaneous. He is the recipient of the University of Michigan's Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship and a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace grant. He was a finalist in the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
He has been mentored by Joan Tower, George Tsontakis, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Walter Russell Mead, and Peter Wiley. He holds a B.M. in composition and cello performance and a B.A. in political studies from Bard College. Currently he is working towards an M.M. in music composition at the University of Michigan.