A pianist and composer, Daniel Chappell studied at the University of Manchester and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before a scholarship to the Royal College of Music.
He works as a repetiteur, accompanist and music director, including at Opera Holland Park, The National Theatre, Bloomsbury Opera, Lunchbreak Opera, and Helios Collective, with performances at Tete-a-Tete fesitval, ENO Lillian Baylis House, Mariinsky II, Cockpit Theatre, Grimeborn Festival and Southwark Playhouse. He previously participated in the National Opera Studio short course in repetiteuring, with coaching from Andrew Griffiths, Liz Rowe, and Brenda Hurley.
Original compositions for the stage include Io Transfigured (2015, Arts Theatre), Liturgie (2017, The Place), and The Grape (2021, Opera Orchestra National Montpellier, selected for the 2021 New Music Generation Prize). He was a composer with the Cohan Collective in Bournemouth, and his concert works have been performed by the Berkeley Ensemble, Juliet Fraser, Quator Tana, and Psappha. In 2023 he was appointed composer-in-residence with the Kettner Society, supported by the Marchus Trust.
A pianist with the London Sinfonietta Academy under Pierre Andre Valade (2014-15), he is passionate about performing new music, including with Asyla Ensemble, Melos Sinfonia, Spectra Ensemble, Constella Ballet, and the Illini Modern Ensemble. As an accompanist, he has given recitals at the Three Choirs Festival, Southwold Music Festival, and concert series around the UK, whilst his wider collaborative work includes performances at Wigmore Hall, St Petersburg Philharmonia, Kings Place and St John's Waterloo. Solo appearances include the Schoenberg Piano Concert at the Waterloo Festival, and Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotique at the Cosmo Rodewald Hall.
In 2024 he will complete his first feature-length score for 'Matter of Britain', and feature at the institut.abeceda festival 'precept.concept.percept' at Lake Bled in Slovenia. He continues his work as a performer with upcoming engagements at the Gulbenkian Theatre and Wandworth Arts Fringe, alongside work with choirs and organisations across London.