B I O G R A P H Y
Daniel Farrell (b. 1996) is a composer, conductor, audio engineer, post-production sound specialist, and podcaster living in New York, NY. Daniel is a Master’s of Music in Screen Scoring candidate at New York University where he studies privately with Dr. Paul Chihara and Michael Patterson. Daniel 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.
Daniel works predominantly in film and media providing music score, sound design, sound editing, and mixing for projects across the United States. Daniel recently completed the score to the feature film Fade In (dir. Jaiden Thompson): an inspiring contemporary love story between two young girls, and the resulting conflict of faith and culture it creates in their families. He has also provided the scores to several award-winning and festival circuit short films including: Paternitas (dir. Daney Kang), The Inheritance (dir. Aimee Bubblis), 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). Daniel enjoys working as a part of team to tell stories infrequently shared or marginalized. He believes that film holds an important social responsibility to elevate voices who are normally silenced.
His concert work has seen performances at festivals across the globe such as the Atlantic Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA), New Music on the Bayou, as well as performances in Michigan, Florida, New York, Alabama, Louisiana, Maine, Mexico, Italy, and Spain. Daniel is the recipient of several awards most notably the Chamber Music OC’s 2018 Emerging Artist award – awarded to the best work from a composer under 25 and judged by Pulitzer-winner John Corigliano, John Dooley, and Vera Ivanova. Daniel was also a finalist for Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Call for Scores alongside distinguished Pulitzer-nominated composers such as Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw among others. Daniel has studied with Donald Crockett, Christopher Dobrian, Amy Beth Kirsten, Pierre Jalbert, David Ludwig, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Stefano Gervasoni, Lei Liang, Forrest Pierce, and Suzanne Farrin.
As a conductor, Daniel has worked in several recording sessions working with session musicians to record the music for several projects. Daniel has also conducted several premiere concert 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 is the host of the popular music podcast “The Score Keepers”. The podcast explores music and the arts including film, media, songwriting, videogames, and concert music. It is available on all major podcasting platforms.