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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 Wolfgang Suppan and Michael Jarrell, harmony with Dietmar Schermann and music theory with Gesine Schröder at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He has been teaching music theory courses at the Leonard Bernstein Institute of the same institution since October 2018.
He also attended various 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 the outHEAR New Music Week in Larissa, where he took 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.
He was also awarded 1st prize in the Fanny Hensel Composition Competition in 2015, 3rd prize in the Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition in 2016 and 1st prize in the GMTH Kunstwettbewerb in 2017. He also received the Nikolaus-Fheodoroff-Composition Prize of the Province of Carinthia in 2017, the Prize of Honour of the mdw in 2020 and the State Scholarship for Composition of the Republic of Austria in 2022.
His works are performed at the Carinthian Summer, Philharmonie Paris, Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music, Wien Modern, rainy days, Rondò in Monferrato, 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, Divertimento Ensemble, MotoContrario, L'Orchestra Sinfonica d'Este and ensemble N.
Of the latter, he is chairman and co-founder.