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Daniel Serrano was born in Jaén (Spain) in 1991. After completing his violin studies at Musikene in San Sebastián, he moved to Vienna, where he studied composition with Michael Jarrell and music theory with Gesine Schröder at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. At the Leonard Bernstein Institute in the same institution, he has been teaching music theory since October 2018.
He also continued his education at several composition academies, such as Impuls Academy in Graz, ARCO – Art, Research and Creation in Marseille, Luxembourg Composition Academy, 4th International Young Composers Academy of Ticino Musica in Lugano, Trabant Workshop for Composers in Basel, International Composition Masterclasses by MotoContrario in Trento, International Composition Masterclasses by L‘Orchestra Sinfonica d’Este in Ferrara and outHEAR New Music Week in Larissa, where he received lessons from Beat Furrer, Isabel Mundry, Alberto Posadas, Stefano Gervasoni, Yann Robin, Johannes Maria Staud, Frédéric Durieux, Franck Bedrossian, Elena Mendoza, Philippe Leroux, Oscar Bianchi, Francesca Verunelli, Ivan Fedele, Dimitri Papageorgiou and Orestis Toufektsis.
Furthermore, he was awarded the 1st prize of the Fanny Hensel Composition Competition in 2015, the 3rd prize of the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition in 2016 and the 1st prize of the GMTH Artistic Competition in 2017. In addition, he received the Nikolaus Fheodoroff Composition Prize awarded by the State of Carinthia in 2017, the mdw Prize of Honour in 2020 and the State Scholarship for Composition of the Republic of Austria in 2022.
His works are played at Carinthischer Sommer, Philharmonie Paris, Wiener Tage der zeitgenössischen Klaviermusik, Wien Modern, rainy days, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Wiener Konzerthaus, Alte Schmiede, Schloss Laxenburg, Brick-5, Reaktor, Mondi Sonori Festival, Instituto Cervantes Wien, Suena Festival and outHEAR New Music Week as well as by performers such as Klangforum Wien, PPCM Graz, Ensemble Multilatérale Paris, Ensemble PHACE, Ensemble Webern Wien, Ensemble Prisma Wien, United Instruments of Lucilin, Company of Music, Platypus, Quatuor Diotima, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, MotoContrario, L‘Orchestra Sinfonica d’Este and ensemble N.
Of the latter, he is chairman and co-founder.