Malcesine, Lake Garda.
Daniel Fardon (b.1991) is a British composer based in London. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by internationally acclaimed ensembles including: The London Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG), The Schubert Ensemble, The Britten Sinfonia, Psappha, Ligeti Quartet, Kokoro, Orkest de Ereprijs, HERMESensemble, Listenpony, CHROMA Ensemble, Castalian Quartet, Thallein Ensemble, Bloomsbury Quartet, Kaleidoscope Collective, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra. Festival commissions and performances have included: Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Borough New Music, King's Lynn, The Little Missenden, CrossCurrents, Frontiers, and Flatpack.
As a result of winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize Commission 2018, Daniel was the RPS Rosie Johnson Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer for 2018/19. This apprenticeship culminated in the world première of his RPS Composition Prize commission, a new string quartet, performed by the Bloomsbury Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in July 2019. Read the press release here (RPS) and here (Wigmore). Also in 2019, his Piano Quartet was premièred by Tom Poster's Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective at the Cheltenham Music Festival in July, and March saw the fourth performance of Daniel's Preludes for Piano by pianist George Fu (commissioned by Listenpony) as part of the Borough New Music Series. Later in 2019, as an RPS Composer, he was commissioned by Sounding Cities to write a new work for Clarinet and Saxophone duet with film, receiving its première at a Bechstein Session at the Wigmore Hall in October. Daniel was a composer on the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Scheme, which culminated in his work Flux for symphony orchestra being performed by the LSO at St Luke's, London. Daniel is also an LSO Soundhub Associate with the London Symphony Orchestra, which led to the première of his October Tune for sextet, subsequently released by the LSO on their YouTube channel.
In February 2020, his June Tune for Piano Quartet was performed by London Symphony Orchestra Musicians at LSO St Luke's as part of the LSO Soundhub Scheme. Other notable engagements for 2020 include a Cheltenham Festival commission (TBA; delayed due to COVID-19), and on the 17th of March his Preludes for Piano was going to be performed by George Fu once again, as part of Barnes Music Festival 2020 at the OSO Arts Centre (cancelled due to COVID-19).
Daniel recently completed a PhD in Composition at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Michael Zev Gordon, fully funded by a College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship. As a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, his previous teachers included Richard Causton, Howard Skempton, and Errollyn Wallen.
Daniel's music has been performed in a range of venues, such as The Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke's, CBSO Centre, Elgar Concert Hall, West Road, St Giles' Cathedral, Barber Institute, Hoxton Hall, Centrala, Playground Theatre, greengrassi, Lighthouse Poole, Pitville Pump Room, Regent Hall London, Great Hall Birmingham, and many Town Halls, churches, and chapels across the country.
Daniel is currently a visiting teacher of music at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. From 2015-19, Daniel was a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham, where he also founded and directed the University's Creative Ensemble, a place for both performers and composers to experiment, collaborate, and discover in an open contemporary music environment. Prior to this, he was Head of Piano for the Royal Leamington Spa Competitive Festival, and the president of the Darwin College Music Society at the University of Cambridge.
Daniel's work has been funded and supported by organisations and bodies including Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the RVW trust, the National Lottery Community Fund, and the Helen Hamlyn Trust.
~ Updated April 2020