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


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


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.


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.* 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.


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.


In 2019-2020, he was one of the participants 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, 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 was one of the six composers in residency for the enoa Workshop Composing for voices and orchestra with the international awarded composer Kaija Saariaho, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon - Portugal.

He is currently an Artist Diploma composer at the Royal College of Music under the mentorship of composers Alison Kay and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Daniel holds the Clifton Parker Award for the 2023-2024 season at the Royal College of Music.

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


(*)Daniel was supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in his doctoral studies.

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



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