Daniel Fardon (b.1991) is a composer based in the West Midlands,
currently pursuing a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Michael Zev Gordon. As a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and the Birmingham Conservatoire, he previously studied under the tutelage of Richard Causton, Howard Skempton, and Errollyn Wallen, partaking in masterclasses with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir, Colin Matthews, and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
He has worked with and written for groups including: The London Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, The Britten Sinfonia, The Schubert Ensemble, Psappha, Kokoro, Orkest de Ereprijs, HERMESensemble, The BBC, Margaret Faultless, CHROMA Ensemble, Thallein Ensemble, Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Toy Sound Circus Orchestra, and Decibel, as well as various festival commissions including: CrossCurents, King's Lynn, InTheSkyTour, The Little Missenden, Stratford on Avon, and Flatpack. He was recently a composer on the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Scheme, which culminated in his work 'Flux' being performed at LSO St Luke's, London.
He is currently a Teaching Associate at the University of Birmingham, and also the founder and director of the music department's 'Creative Ensemble'. Previously, 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.
His current research explores how musical eclecticism is understood and manifested across new music platforms, with a specific focus on stylistic construction in concert music, and the historical evolution of the relationship between composer and performer. His paper (on Schnittke to Zorn) was published by the University of Southampton's Emergence Journal in Autumn 2016, and his new graphic setting of Shakespeare's 'When icicles hang by the wall' was published in the Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL) in Summer 2017. He is currently the recipient of both The Sir Thomas White's Music Scholarship, and a University of Birmingham College of Arts and Law Doctoral Scholarship Award.