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Daniel Davis (b. 1990) is a Portuguese Award winning Classical Contemporary Music Composer based in London. 


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When listening to one's music, one might think that the final result is in ones's head, until one gets confronted with the reality of listening for the first time a sound that was only a blur-initial idea behind one's scratches and notes.


Watch the interviews and some of the images from the rehearsal and concert of the enoa workshop that happened last summer at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Do they know was composed to be workshopped and premiered during this workshop that was mentored by the composer Kaija Saariaho. It is an exploration of the timbral characteristics of the Baritone and the Orchestra.

Trekking Ends for Trombone, Narrator and Piano. Commissioned by Contemporaneous and premiered last July in Lagos - Portugal.


Watch my new work for Baritone and Orchestra. "Do they know" emerged as  part of the workshop enoa mentored by the international, world-awarded composer Kaija Saariaho. This is the concert of the premiere, performed by Tiago Matos (Baritone), Pedro Amaral (Conductor) and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Mirroring the voice of time, a piece for ensemble premiered at Milton Court Concert Hall on 17th February 2020


Daniel’s music is rich of polyphonic textures, creating not only a modern approach in language, but also lyrical, colourful and communicative sonic landscapes. His compositions seek to employ materials and techniques from the past, to create new vibrant structures of sound normally inspired by nature and nordic landscapes.


Daniel started as a composer in 2011, since then he has worked with Sérgio Azevedo, António Pinho Vargas, Luís Tinoco, Julian Philips, Richard Baker, Julian Anderson, Alison Kay, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Michel van der Aa and Kaija Saariaho.


He was the Young Composer in residence of the 2014/2015 Concert Season of the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras. In 2014, he was awarded with the 1st Prize of the SPA/Antena 2 Composition Competition in Portugal.In 2019 he was awarded with the 1st Prize of the Intel Accordion competition Prize in Portugal.


He concluded his Master’s degree at the Lisbon Music College in 2016 with Merit and moved to London to start a Doctorate in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the City of London University. In 2020, the examiners of Daniel's Doctoral Viva, awarded him with the title of Doctor of Music; The examiners praised Daniel's original and rewarding music, and they enjoyed Daniel's exposure of compositional processes.


In 2019-2020, he was one of the participants in the Opera & New Technologies Workshop at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence supported by the enoa Community and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 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.


He was also one of the six composers in residency for the enoa Workshop Composing for voices and orchestra at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon - Portugal.


Daniel Davis is represented by the Portuguese Music Research & Information Centre - and all his rights, in Portuguese territory, are protected by the Portuguese Author Society - SPA, and all his rights, in the rest of the world, are protected by the PRS For Music.


Festival CriaSons - III Edition
OCCO Novos Caminhos
Sónia Oliveira _Paz_
Ensemble Darcos _Mirror of the Soul_

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