© Daniel Riley 2018

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Photo credit: Chloe Riley, 2019


Daniel Riley (b. 1992) is an Australian composer and musician, born and raised in Melbourne.


He first achieved recognition as a treble singer with the National Boys Choir of Australia (2000-2006), performing as soloist in Britten's The Golden Vanity (2004). During this period, he also performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Blake's The Snowman (2004), the Melbourne Chorale in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (2005), and with Opera Australia in productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Puccini's La Bohéme (2005).


As a composer, Daniel recently completed his Master of Music (Composition) at the University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Stuart Greenbaum and Elliott Gyger. Prior to that, he completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with First Class Honours in 2014. Past teachers have included Damien Ricketson, Paul Stanhope, Carl Vine, and Matthew Hindson. As a typesetter and copyist, he has also worked closely with Ross Edwards.

Daniel's music has been previously performed by noted musicians including Ole Böhn, Sam Allchurch, Jonathan Grieves-Smith, Chris Watson, Michael Fulcher, the Hillel Quartet, Flinders Quartet, National Boys Choir of Australia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Polyphonic Voices, and the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne. His composition Web of Evil (2018) was recently premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers' Program, and has previously featured in the composition program at the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp (2016), and the inaugural Flinders Quartet Composer Workshop program (2016). In 2014, he was the recipient of the Fairweather Family Prize for Composition.


In addition to his work as a composer, Daniel maintains an active schedule as a freelance singer, and is a casual staff member at the University of Melbourne. He is currently a choral scholar with the Choir of St John's East Malvern, and from 2015-2018 was a member of the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne. He has also previously sung with Polyphonic Voices, Old Cathedral Voices, the Choir of Christ Church South Yarra, Choir of St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne, and the Consort of Melbourne.

Upcoming projects include a concerto for trumpet and strings, a small collection of organ postludes, and a second string quartet. Land of Dreams, Nativite and Coventry Carol have also been recorded for commercial release in 2018/2019 by the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne.