Daniel Lee Chappell


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, including performances of his works at the Royaumont Festival (Vocalise, 2017) The Place (Liturgie, 2017), and the Arts Theatre (Io Transfigured, 2015). He completed his MMus in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London under Kenneth Hesketh, supported by a Robert McFadzean Whyte scholarship, graduating in 2017 with Distinction. Prior to this, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music, and later at both the University of Manchester and abroad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a composer, his output ranges from solo, chamber and orchestral music, to opera, dance, and electro-acoustic. 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.

Daniel was previously mentored by acclaimed pianist Andrew Wilde through the generous sponsorship of the North West Arts Trust. A passionate performer of contemporary music, and 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 also works as an accompanist and repetiteur with opera groups including Helios Collective, Spectra Ensemble, Lunchbreak Opera, London Opera Ensemble, and Rough for Opera. Alongside this, his solo repertoire ranges from Bach to the present-day, and following his concerto debut at 14 with the Salford Symphony Orchestra he has appeared as soloist alongside Vaganza (Messiaen, Oiseaux Exotiques) and the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra (Jae Hong Lee, Concerto for Orchestra).

Currently based in London, Daniel continues to work as a freelance composer, pianist, and educator. He is supported by PRS for Music as part of their Accelerate scheme, and future engagements include performing Schoenberg’s Piano Concert alongside Asyla Ensemble in 2019, as well as writing his first full-length chamber opera scheduled for 2020.