Tuesday 12 January 2016

OPUS2016 shortlisted composer - Daniel Kidane

Full Name: Daniel Kidane
Age: 29

Where are you from? Where do you live now? Do you think this is relevant to understanding your music? 

I was born in London and I currently live in London. Some of my pieces do reflect my heritage and upbringing. But I’d say my music speaks for itself.

How will you approach writing your OPUS2016 for Britten Sinfonia? 

I would like to explore the resonant features of the piano trio.

Who have you worked with previously? What ensembles/orchestras/organisations? 

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble 10/10 and many other great groups.

What’s your earliest musical memory? 

As a kid I remember going to a lot of concerts involving solo violinists. I was fortunate to see many of the old school greats.

When did you first start to write music? 

My first compositional endeavours began whilst I was a student at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Describe your growth as a composer to this point. What were the pivotal points? 

Settling on a musical language, making the most of each opportunity that came my way and meeting some great performers and ensembles along the way.

How do you start a new work/what is your composing method? 

Piano, pencil, computer (that order).

What’s your musical guilty pleasure? 


What instrument do you play? 

I was a violinist and now I dabble at the piano when I compose.

How do you feel about the opportunities that are available to composers? 

There are some great opportunities out there; however I do think more could be done especially when it comes to developing sustained partnerships.

What would be your advice to other young composers today? 

It’s a tough road but rewarding at the same time.

What does the future hold for you? What are your next steps going to be as a composer? 

Currently working on a piece for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for the Shakespeare 400th anniversary year. Looking forward to working on many more exciting and interesting projects.

You can join Daniel and the other OPUS2016 shortlisted composers on 22 & 23 January 2016 for two days of workshops at the Barbican in London, with discussions and performances of the pieces these composers have been working on. Find out more and how to reserve your place here.

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