From Lincoln, Nebraska, Daniel did his graduate work at the UMKC Conservatory in Piano Performance and his undergraduate studies at Hastings College, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy.
During his undergraduate years, Philip discovered a passion for creating his own music. He was heavily inspired by contemporary classical composers such as Olafur Arnalds, NIls Frahm, Philip Glass, Max Richter and more by their ability to transmit powerful emotions thru simplistic, minimalistic sound while each possessing their own unique “voice” in a non-cliche manner. He aims to follow in these musicians footsteps by blending aspects of classical music, minimalism, cinematic qualities, and more. He seeks to appeal to the seasoned, trained musician as well as the non-musically inclined listener in a way that can impact both.
Philip has released 7 studio albums, several EP’s, and is an active collaborator. He has ventured into the film composing world and also has been active as a composer for dance, working with notable dance companies such as the Jacob Jonas dance company, Whim Whim, SALT Dance, Tristan Griffin Dance Company and more. His music has been streamed over 20 million times and has been featured in countless films worldwide. Daniel has now been moving away from composing with traditional sounds and experimenting with blending electronics with classical instrumentation, which can be heard on current projects and scores.
His sole purpose as a composer is to create music that's primary goal is to convey unequivocal emotion and to make people truly “feel”. Philip believes that music has a unique ability to cause change in the world by this personal connection to individual listeners and aims to be a small part in positively impacting his community through his music.