Daniel Whitworth (b.1996) is a composer and saxophonist dedicated to expanding the relevance and accessibility of contemporary music. Frequently collaborating with filmmakers, dancers, and visual artists, he aims to connect and engage with audiences in unique ways. One of his most recent projects, a recital entitled Snapshots of America, explored themes of politics and social justice in contemporary music and reflected Daniel’s passion for music with sociopolitical relevance.
In the summer of 2019, Daniel served as the composer-in-residence at the Lake George Music Festival after his piece Ripples in Infinity won the Lake George Composition Competition. Other recent awards include winning second prize in the 2020 American Prize for Instrumental Chamber Music and winning first prize in the 2018 Frost International Composition Competition. One of Daniel’s latest pieces, a commission from Barbora Kolářová entitled Alma, explores the haunting story of violinist Alma Rosé through the intersection of solo violin and electronics. Daniel’s music has also been recently performed by groups such as NOW Ensemble, Verdant Vibes, Ensemble Ibis, Else If Else, and the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble.
An avid scorer for film and multimedia, Daniel recently won the 2020/2022 Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award and is composing a score for the Library of Congress’s restoration of Oscar Apfel’s 1919 silent feature Phil for Short. This restoration, along with Daniel's brand new score, will be released on BluRay by Kino Lorber in 2022. Among other scoring projects, he is also currently collaborating as a composer for Film Independent’s LA-based program Project Involve, and will be scoring a short film from acclaimed director and actor Cris Gris.
As a saxophonist, Daniel was featured on Maslanka Weekly’s “Best of the Web” for his performance of David Maslanka’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. For his performance of Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Daniel was awarded second prize in the Lakeshore Young Artist Competition and was a featured soloist with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble.
Daniel is working towards a master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a major in both composition and scoring for visual media. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University where he majored in saxophone performance and composition.
I’m open to commissions! Please reach out to me if you’d be interested in collaborating, and we can work something out together!