DANÍEL BJARNASON studied piano, composition and conducting in Reykjavík, Iceland before leaving to study orchestral conducting at the Freiburg University of Music, Germany.
As a composer, Daníel has been commissioned and worked with many different orchestras and ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, So Percussion, Decoda, Calder Quartett and the Icleand Symphony Orchestra. Performances of his compositions have been led by conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Louis Langrée, James Conlon, John Adams, Ilan Volkov, André de Ridder, Anna-Maria Helsing and Alexander Mickelthwate. Daníel’s versatility has also led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Hjaltalín, Efterklang and Ben Frost.
Recent projects for Daniel include a premiere of Collider, a new work for large orchestra co-commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. A new work, Frames, for the Rambert Dance Company in the UK and the string quartet Stillshot, for the Calder Quartet. All these works were premiered in the spring of 2015.
Future projects include commissions by the Danish National Opera, Britten Sinfonia and the LA Philharmonic.
Daníel has released 3 albums on the Bedroom Community label. Processions (2010), Solaris (2011) and Over Light Earth (2013).
Daniel is currently serving as Artist in Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.