Daniel Fardon

RPS Composition Prize winner 2018| 2018/19 Rosie Johnson RPS Wigmore Hall Apprentice Composer

Daniel Fardon (b.1991) is a British composer currently based in the West Midlands, where he is completing a PhD in Composition at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Michael Zev Gordon, funded by a College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship. As a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, his previous teachers included Richard Causton, Howard Skempton, and Errollyn Wallen.

Daniel has worked with and written for groups including: The London Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, The Britten Sinfonia, The Schubert Ensemble, Psappha, Ligeti Quartet, Kokoro, Orkest de Ereprijs, HERMESensemble, Listenpony, CHROMA Ensemble, Thallein Ensemble, and Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, as well as for festivals including: CrossCurents, King's Lynn, The Little Missenden, Stratford on Avon, Frontiers, and Flatpack. He was recently a composer on the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Scheme, which culminated in his work 'Flux' being performed by the LSO at St Luke's, London. In 2018, he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for a chamber-scale commission, supported by the Susan Bradshaw Composers' Fund.

Since 2015, Daniel has been a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham, where he is also the founder and director of the University's 'Creative Ensemble'. Prior to this, he was Head of Piano for the Royal Leamington Spa Competitive Festival, and the president of the Darwin College Music Society at the University of Cambridge.

www.danielfardon.com

OUR MEMBERS

José Antonio Abreu, founder of the revolutionary Venezeulan ' El Sistema' which educates the poorest children in musical schools around the country: awarded RPS Honorary Membership in 2008.

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