Composer Daniel Farrell is often praised for his innovative soundscapes and impactful melodies — elements that have consistently elevated visual media to new emotional heights. His formative years in the world of marching bands, where he led drum and brass lines, profoundly influenced his compositional style, often blending percussive textures with finely crafted melodies. As an immigrant to the United States, Daniel is dedicated to amplifying marginalized narratives, firmly believing in film's vital social role in giving voice to the unheard.
In the realm of concert music, Daniel's compositions have been showcased at festivals worldwide, including the Atlantic Music Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival (VIPA), and New Music on the Bayou. Noteworthy accolades include the Chamber Music OC’s 2018 Emerging Artist award, presented to the best work by a composer under 25, as adjudicated by Pulitzer laureate John Corigliano, John Dooley, and Vera Ivanova. Daniel was also a finalist in the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Call for Scores, alongside distinguished Pulitzer-nominated composers such as Ted Hearne and Caroline Shaw.
A graduate of New York University with a Master of Music in Screen Scoring, and Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition & Theory.
Daniel's scores have garnered both critical acclaim and audience appreciation. He boasts several Best Original Score awards and nominations at esteemed festivals, including the Prague International Indie Film Festival, where he competed against multiple Academy Award winners, as well as the New York International Film Awards and the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Daniel also composed the score for the video game 'This Engineer Becomes A Barista,' which secured the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Sloan Production Grant. Additionally, Daniel has actively participated in esteemed workshops like the 2021 SCL Mentorship Program and the 2020 ASCAP/Columbia Workshop Composer Spotlight. His compositions have also graced commercials for political candidates, reaching a national audience through television and social media platforms. Daniel had the honor of serving as a panelist for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, where he played a crucial role in the allocation of awards for NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships, granting substantial funds to composers in the New Jersey area.