Composer-conductor Daniel Masmanian was born in England to Armenian parents in 1980. He studied piano and violin in Surrey, UK, before studying composition under David Horne at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Moving to Western Australia in 2005, Daniel worked as a repetiteur at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and began work in 2006 for West Australian Opera where he was the Director of Music for the Regional Touring and Opera in Education programmes. In 2008 he was an Artist in Residence at Lasalle College Singapore, and was Maestro Will Humburg’s assistant for Theater Bonn’s 2010 production of Katá Kabanová.
Daniel’s symphonic work Shinglebend was performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2007 Australian Composers School. For the ACS in September 2010 the TSO recorded Scurrilous Words, a new symphonic work from his doctoral portfolio. As his début into theatre music, his score for R&J won national acclaim. In 2011 Daniel was invited to attend the National Composers’ Forum run by the Australian String Quartet, who performed and recorded his new string quartet Bad Angel Fire. In 2012 he was selected as a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Composition Project.
In 2011 Daniel co-founded the performing ensemble OperaBox to bring the vitality and beauty of opera to new audiences whilst providing professional opportunities, experience and training to developing artists and crew. He conducted their first sold-out production Così fan tutte the equally successful fully-staged and touring productions of La Bohème in 2012. In November Daniel attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School as a repetiteur under a full scholarship, moving to Berlin in 2013 where he wrote his second chamber opera Des Teufels Nacht on a text by Silke Wenzel and was invited to the 2014 Järvi Winter Academy/ Leonid Grin masterclass assisted by a generous sponsorship. Since 2014 Daniel has worked for TUI Cruises GmbH, first as a music director upon their flagship liner MV Mein Schiff 1 and then as a coach at the company headquarters in Berlin. Daniel shares his time now between Berlin and Fremantle, Western Australia, where he works as a freelance commercial composer and performer.