Malcesine, Lake Garda.
Daniel Fardon (b.1991) is a British composer based in the UK. He has worked with and written for performers 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 performances have included: Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Borough New Music, King's Lynn, The Little Missenden, CrossCurents, Frontiers, and Flatpack.
As a result of winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize Commission 2018, Daniel was the Royal Philharmonic Society 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, 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 published on the LSO YouTube channel. 2020 will see his Preludes for Piano performed by George Fu once again, at Barnes Music Festival 2020.
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 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.
As a practice-based researcher, Daniel's work has manifested itself across a variety of formats, from traditional paper disseminations to collaborative and interdisciplinary creative projects. His research has reached wide audiences through various journal publications and conferences, with recent journal paper publications including: Ad Alta: The Birmingham Journal of Literature, Riffs: Experimental Writing on Popular Music Journal, and Emergence Journal. Recent conferences Daniel has presented at include the Sound Agendas conference at the University of Sheffield’s ‘Centre for New Music’, the University of Birmingham’s Interdisciplinary Research Forum in Arts and Law, and the University of Southampton’s GradNet conference.
Since 2015, Daniel has been a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham, where he is also the founder and director of the University's Creative Ensemble, a place for both performers and composers to experiment, collaborate, and discover in an open contemporary music environment — particularly with an interest in non-standard and graphic scores. 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.
~ Updated November 2019