Daniel Lee Chappell is a composer and pianist from Salford, with a career that has seen him perform across the UK, US, Europe, and Russia, and included performances of his works at the Royaumont Festival (Vocalise, 2017) The Place (Liturgie, 2017), and the Arts Theatre (Io Transfigured, 2015).
Originally from Salford, Daniel studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Kenneth Hesketh supported by a Robert McFadzean Whyte scholarship, and was awarded an MMus in Composition with Distinction. Previously, he read music at the University of Manchester, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Chetham’s School of Music. He was mentored by acclaimed concert pianist Andrew Wilde, with the generous support of the North West Arts Trust.
His composition output ranges from solo, chamber and orchestral music, to opera, dance, and electro-acoustic. A passionate performer of ensemble and contemporary music, he has performed alongside numerous groups in the UK and abroad, whilst maintaining a solo repertoire ranging from Bach to the present-day.
His work has been featured in the UK and Europe, including Abbaye de Royaumont, Tete-a-Tete festival, St Magnus International Festival, and New Music North West amongst others. Ensembles he has collaborated with include Berkeley Ensemble, Psappha, BBC Singers, Quator Danel, and Helios Collective. He is also an alumnus of the 2017 Fondation Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Session de Composition, the 2014 St Magnus Composers Course, and has received masterclasses from leading composers including Mark Andre, Alex Mincek, David Lang, Phillipe Leroux, Michael Finnissy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Robert Saxton.
With a solo repertoire spanning the Baroque to the present day, he has performed in concerts, competitions and festivals across the UK, as well as further afield, and made concerto appearances alongside the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra, Salford Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with Vaganza for a dazzling performance of Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques. An alumnus of the London Sinfonietta Academy (under Pierre-Andre Valade), he has collaborated with ensembles including Asyla Ensemble, Melos Sinfonia, Illinois Modern Ensemble, ddmmyy series, and Khymerikal, with whom he has premiered numerous new works by living composers. He is also an accompanist and repetiteur, working with opera groups including Helios Collective, Spectra Ensemble, Lunchbreak Opera, London Opera Ensemble, and Rough for Opera.