Daniel Whitworth (b. 1996) is a Seattle-based composer and saxophonist dedicated to expanding the relevancy and accessibility of contemporary music. Frequently collaborating with dancers, visual artists, and actors, he aims to connect and engage with audiences in unique ways. One of his most recent projects, a concert entitled “Snapshots of America,” explored themes of politics and social justice in contemporary music and reflected Daniel’s passion for music with sociopolitical relevance.
In the summer of 2019, Daniel served as the composer-in-residence at the Lake George Music Festival after his piece Ripples in Infinity won the Lake George Composition Competition. Other recent awards include winning second place in the 2020 American Prize for Instrumental Chamber Music and first prize in the 2018 Frost International Composition Competition. In addition to recently collaborating with groups such as NOW Ensemble, Verdant Vibes, and What Is Noise, Daniel was commissioned by violinist Barbora Kolářová to compose Alma, a piece that explores the haunting story of violinist Alma Rosé through the intersection of solo violin and electronics.
An avid scorer for film and multimedia, Daniel recently won the 2020/2022 Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award and is composing a score for the Library of Congress’s restoration of the silent feature film Phil for Short, which will be distributed by Kino Lorber in 2022. Among other scoring projects, he is also currently collaborating as a composer for Film Independent’s LA-based program Project Involve.
Daniel earned his master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a major in both Composition and Scoring for Film and Multimedia.