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Daniel Kidane

Daniel Kidane (born 1986) is a London-based concert composer whose works range from solo pieces to large orchestral works. Often drawing from experiences from his own background and upbringing, Kidane’s compositions explore social narratives, especially multilingual interactions in everyday life.

Among Kidane’s most notable compositions are Foreign Tongues (2015), which re-envisaged the setup of the string quartet and Pulsing (2016), which explored the idea of migration through its energetic instrumental passages and vocal interludes.

Kidane’s compositions have been premiered by several notable companies including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also completed commissioned work for the Orgelbüchlein Project, which was premiered at the Tower of London Chapel.

I am eternally grateful to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for this life changing award, which will allow me to focus on my creative practice as a composer. This award has cleared out a corner of my mind, where creativity will now flourish.

Examples of work

Foreign Tongues, 2015

String quartet. 13 minutes 26 seconds duration (extract 2m). Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Inner Voices, 2015

Chamber ensemble. 13 minutes duration (extract 2m). Composed for the Riot Ensemble as part of a Sound and Music residency.

Pulsing, 2015

Large chamber ensemble and voice. 13 minutes duration (extract 2m). Composed for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of LSO Soundhub residency.

Sirens, 2016

Orchestra. 6 minutes 30 seconds duration (extract 2m). Commissioned by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of Shakespeare 400 celebrations. Premiered at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Conducted by Andrew Gorlay.