Daniel Lee Chappell is a Salford-born composer and pianist, with a career that has already taken him across the UK, US, Europe, and Russia, and seen performances of his original works at the Royaumont Festival (Vocalise, 2017) The Place (Liturgie, 2017), and the Arts Theatre (Io Transfigured, 2015). He completed his MMus in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London under Kenneth Hesketh, supported by a Robert McFadzean Whyte scholarship, graduating in 2017 with Distinction. Previously he read music at the University of Manchester, and abroad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A varied and versatile artist, his output ranges from solo, chamber and orchestral music, to opera, dance, electro-acoustic, and music for screen. His work has been performed across the UK and Europe, including Abbaye de Royaumont, Tete-a-Tete festival, St Magnus International Festival, New Music North West, and Palaver Festival amongst others. Ensembles he has collaborated with include Spectra Ensemble, Psappha, BBC Singers, Quator Danel, and Helios Collective. He is currently being supported by PRS for Music as part of their Accelerate scheme for young composers, and previously attended the 2017 Fondation Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Session de Composition, the 2014 St Magnus Composers Course, and has received masterclasses from leading composers including Mark Andre, Phillipe Leroux, Alex Mincek, Michael Finnissy, David Lang, Robert Saxton, and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
A passionate performer of contemporary piano music, and alumnus of the London Sinfonietta Academy under Pierre-Andre Valade, he has performed with ensembles including Asyla Ensemble, Melos Sinfonia, Illinois Modern Ensemble, ddmmyy series, and Khymerikal. He was previously mentored by acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist Andrew Wilde, made possible by the support of the North West Arts Trust.
Currently based in London, Daniel continues to work as a freelance composer, pianist, and educator.
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