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.
In 2019, he was selected to participate in the Opera & New Technologies Workshop with Michel van der Aa at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence supported by the ENOA Community and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
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 Davis agency is nomus21, he is also represented by the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre - mic.pt and all his rights are protected by the Portuguese Author Society - SPA.
(*) Daniel is being supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in his doctoral studies.