Daniel Edmonds is a musical director, arranger, composer and pianist. His work in the theatre, on the concert stage, for the screen, and in the studio has won him great acclaim. As a performer and writer, he is able to move effortlessly between genres with skill and sensitivity.
Daniel is the Musical Director of Dream Lover, a brand new musical about the life of Bobby Darin. It is his third world premiere musical in a row. He was the Musical Director of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical and King Kong: Live on Stage, which was a collaboration with an international creative team including artists Sarah McLachlan, Massive Attack, Guy Garvey and The Avalanches. Daniel’s other theatrical credits include Hairspray The Musical, Fame and Chicago. Daniel recently composed a brand new score and was sound designer for La Boite’s production of The Wind in the Willows.
Daniel is also the Australian Musical Director of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which will premiere in Sydney in 2017.
Daniel is the personal Musical Director to the international Australian artists Simon Burke and Caroline O’Connor. In 2010, he made debuts in London’s West End and in New York, working as Caroline’s Musical Director and Arranger. He co-produced and was Musical Director for Simon Burke’s debut album Something About Always, as well as the subsequent concert of the same name at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He and Simon collaborated on the title song for the feature film Super Awesome by Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes.
As a cabaret and concert artist, Daniel has worked with Lea Salonga, Rhonda Burchmore, David Campbell, Lucy Maunder, Paul Capsis, Lisa McCune, Tim Draxl, Esther Hannaford, Kate Miller-Heidke, Michael Falzon, Helen Dallimore, Trevor Ashley and Courtney Act.
No stranger to the studio, Daniel has performed, conducted and arranged music for many recordings, including his own debut jazz album Walking With Lions. He was the Music Director for the Dream Lover album, featuring David Campbell, which debuted at #9 on the ARIA charts. He wrote and performed original music for Marney McQueen’s hugely successful show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and produced tracks for her recent album. He has written original music for short films Butcherbird directed by Dave Paterson and The Suitor directed by Kate Riedl. Additionally, he was a commissioned in 2006 to provide a fanfare for the Prime Minister. Daniel is also the arranger and creative advisor for Hugh Sheridan’s new international music group, California Crooners Club.
Daniel has a great deal of experience in creating special events for range of clients in the corporate world. He has particular expertise in creating custom musical arrangements and ideas, and mixing them with a range of world-class artists. He has worked for clients such as Optus, Woolworths, and the Australian Government, having served as Musical Director for events such as the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, the Australian Institute of Sport Gala, the National Employment Awards and World AIDS Day.
Based in Sydney, Australia.
Conductor, piano player, sometime singer and wannabe keytarist.
Writer and creator.
Tech enthusiast and ex-Apple Certified Engineer.
Traveler, watcher, listener, ruminator.
Daniel's trajectory has been a thrilling and, at times, unexpected one.
Starting keyboard at the age of three-and-a-half, he was trained by Yamaha as a young composer and wrote his first arrangement (for the school brass band) at the age of ten.
What started out as classical piano training morphed into jazz, pop, latin and music for stage and screen. Not afraid of exploring the contemporary while honouring the classics, or finding ways to fuse music with technology and the other creative arts, Daniel's training and experience to date is fertile ground on which to grow the next big idea.