Portuguese. Based in London. Currently finishing a Doctoral in Music. One of the Young Composers in Residence for the London Philarmonic Orchestra Young Composers Scheme.


"The beauty is not in the object, the beauty is in your mind."

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My work Colours (here in) have been selected for the World New Music Days 2020, a performance of it will happen in New Zealand next year.


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I've been selected for the LSO/OA 2020. A brand new six minutes orchestral piece will be composed to be workshop in 2020 side by side by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Symphony Orchestra.


I've been selected for the London Philarmonic Orchestra Young Composers Scheme 2019/2020. For more informations click on the picture above.


Daniel started as a composer in 2011 taking an 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 & 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”.


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 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 Antwerp, Belgium and Esplanade’s Music Hall, Singapore.

Currently, Daniel is one of the five composers in residency of the Young Composers Scheme 2019-2020 by the London Philarmonic Orchestra and one of the Portuguese representatives in the World New Music Days 2020


Daniel Davis is represented by nomus21, by the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre - 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.



Sophie Sparrow sings Daniel Davis's Impressões Sem Nexo.

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