B I O G R A P H Y
Daniel Farrell (b. 1996) is a composer, arranger, and conductor living in New York, NY. Daniel is a Master’s of Music in Screen Scoring candidate at the prestigious New York University Steinhardt program – ranked as the second-best program in the United States and one of the top programs in the world for film music study. He studies privately with Dr. Paul Chihara and Michael Patterson. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Composition and Theory at Jacksonville University (’18) where he studied with Dr. Jianjun He and George “Tony” Steve. Daniel graduated Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Music and as the Valedictorian of Jacksonville University – earning him the Fred Noble Award in Scholarship.
Despite his youth, Daniel is already described as having “a unique sound and musical accent” and “the uncanny ability to write well for any musical grouping”. His concert work has seen festival performances across the globe such as New Music on the Bayou, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA), Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Atlantic Music Festival as well as performances in Michigan, Florida, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Daniel is the recipient of several awards including Chamber Music OC’s 2018 Emerging Artist award – awarded to the best work from a composer under 25 and judged by John Corigliano, John Dooley, and Vera Ivanova – and Jacksonville University’s 2017 Delius Award in Composition. Daniel was also a finalist for Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Call for Scores alongside notable composers such as Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw among others. Daniel has studied with Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Stefano Gervasoni, Lei Liang, Forrest Pierce, Suzanne Farrin, Donald Crockett, Christopher Dobrian, Amy Beth Kirsten, Pierre Jalbert, and David Ludwig.
In addition to concert music, Daniel frequently works in film and media and has provided the scores for several award winning projects including: The Inheritance (dir. Aimee Bubblis), Paternitas (dir. Daney Kang), Eight Hundred (dir. Emerson Duggan), A Happy Smile (dir. Patrick Farrell & Michael Csorba), Echoes of a Winter Sunshine (dir. Oniffe White), Antonio Bellaire (dir. Angel Garcia), and Grilled (dir. Alex Willemin).
As a conductor, Daniel has conducted several premiere performances of his works. He led the Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble in their Symphonic Sampler concert in which the premiere of his “Elemental Variations” was the headlining performance. He served as an assistant conductor to all three Jacksonville University ensembles – choir, wind ensemble, and orchestra – the only student in the school’s history to hold all three positions simultaneously. He has studied conducting with Tim Snyder, Artie Clifton, Marguerite Richardson, and masterclass sessions with Chris Kim and Frank Ticheli.
Daniel Farrell describes himself as a “Neo-Romantic” composer; rejecting the musical intellectualism of the twentieth century, in favor of combining contemporary musical language with older art music traditions. His music is performed on concerts around the United States and is always described as sounding like an “instant classic”.
Visit his website to purchase sheet music, explore his other musical pursuits, and hear his newest creations: www.danielfarrellmusic.com