Daniel Davis was born in Porto, Portugal. Very soon he moved to Venezuela where he lived for ten years. Due to the whole political and economic situation in Venezuela, Daniel and his family were forced to move back to Portugal. Here, Daniel started his musical career playing percussion and then saxophone in a local philharmonic wind band. In 2011, he started his undergraduate in the Lisbon Music College and in 2014 the same institution offered him a place to do the Masters in Composition. In 2016, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama offered him a place to do a Doctoral program with the composers Julian Philips and Richard Baker as supervisors and the composer Julian Anderson as his co-supervisor.*
He was the Young Composer in residence of the 2014 - 2015 Concert Season of the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras.
In 2014, the Calouste Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra premiered his work …from the last breath at the Calouste Gulbenkian Music Hall in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2015, the Portuguese Symphonic Wind Orchestra premiered his work between places… at the Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal. For the 2016’s season, he was Associate Composer in the context of the Musicalmente - Music for Babies project. In parallel, for the 2015 - 2016’s Saint Jorges’ Castle’s season, Daniel, in partnership with the composer Sara Ross, created, with the support of the Arts Council in Portugal (EGEAC), the Lisbon Music College and the Saint Jorges’ Castle in Lisbon, the musical theatre named “Bau da Descoberta” with the purpose of sharing to a vast number of people the story of two Portuguese writers - Fernando Pessoa and Fernão Mendes Pinto.
Apart from the Casa da Musica’s Music Hall in Porto and the Calouste Gulbenkian’s Music Hall in Lisbon, Daniel’s music has been performed in different international venues as for example Senhora da Boa Nova’s Music Hall in Cascais Portugal, Milton Court’s Music Hall in London United Kingdom, Ventura’s Music Hall in Athis Mons France, Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Belgium and Esplanade’s Music Hall in Singapore.
(*) Daniel is being supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in his doctoral studies.
- 2016, Honor Medal - from Instituo Politécnico de Lisboa for having highlighted as a National and International Composer.
- 2015, Nomination - Melhor trabalho de Música Erudita 2015 da Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.
- 2014, 1st Prize Winner - Concurso de Composição Antena 2 / SPA - III Edição.
- 2014, Laureate - Concurso de Composição da Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa - II Edição.
- 2013, Laureate - Concurso de Composição Antena 2 / SPA - II Edição.
All the permissions to perform Davis work in public must be
obtained in Portugal from Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores
Av. Duque de Loulé, 31 1069-153 Lisboa
phone: +351 213 594 400 fax: +351 213 530 257
Four Ways... - mpmp.pt
No fim do que tudo parece ser... - Scherzo Editions
Other pieces can be found in mic.pt
"Mirror of the Soul" by Ensemble Darcos - work recorded "Viagens"
"New Harmoniemusik" by Camerata de Sopros Silva Dionísio - work recorded "The essence of a tear"
“Merge” new CD by Sónia Oliveira - work recorded “Mask” for singer and Doublebass (featuring João Vargas)