Omar Daniel is a Toronto-based composer who has composed extensively in solo, chamber and orchestral idioms.

He has received performances of his works throughout Canada, as well as in Brazil, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Ireland, the United States, and his ancestral Estonia. A skilled pianist, he regularly performs and conducts his own works. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto, and his studies include work with John Beckwith and Chan Ka Nin (Canada), Leo Brouwer (Cuba) and Alexander Goehr (U.K.).

Past commissions include works for The Toronto Symphony, Vancouver New Music, New Music Concerts, The Gryphon Trio, The Winnipeg Symphony, CBC Radio II, Conaccord, The Hannaford Street Silver Band, The Esprit Orchestra, guitarist Rachel Gauk, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, The Elora Festival and Festival of the Sound, The Guelph Spring Festival, Continuum New Music and flutist Robert Cram.

Since 2000, he has held the position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the Western University (London, Canada). As well, he is the director of the Composition, Electroacoustic Research and Performance Facility (CEARP) also at Western University.

Artist Compositions


Premiere Title of Commission Listen
03/05/2005 The Passion of Lavinia Andronicus Listen Close

Daniel’s oratorio is an exploration of that unknown Lavinia from William Shakespeare’s blood-soaked revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus. The solo vocal groups, consisting of soprano and four male singers (countertenor, two tenors, and baritone), collectively speak with Lavinia’s internal “voice” while the chorus provides external commentary and acts as the voices of those around her.

04/22/2004 A Musical Offering Listen Close

Prompted both by the polyphonic nature of Bach’s 'Musical Offering' and the spirit of adventure it evinces, Daniel chose to freely rewrite Frederick’s theme, using fragments and motifs from it.

05/07/2002 The Growth of Music and the Invention of Storytelling Listen Close

“This is a fable.” So begins Giller Prize-nominated author Michael Redhill’s story of an inveterate liar who is betrayed by a growth under his arm that sings whenever he utters a falsehood. It was with the elemental quality of fable in mind that Daniel approached his setting of Redhill’s text.