Daniel Hogan is 21 and an aspiring conductor and composer. He studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music between 2011 and 2015, studying composition with Matthew Taylor, conducting with Rebecca Miller and piano with Eleanor Hodgkinson. For his last two years there he was the winner of the Gareth Walters Composition Prize, for his ‘Sinfonietta’ and ‘Clarinet Concertino’ respectively, each receiving premieres at the Academy conducted by Matthew Taylor. His first orchestral commission was when he was 14, receiving a premiere from the local Misbourne Symphony Orchestra, and since, his music has been played by the Aurora Orchestra (a performance broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and in America by the Octava Chamber Orchestra. As a conductor, Daniel is the founder of the Watford Youth Sinfonia, a student-led orchestra who, since 2014, have been performing incredibly ambitious repertoire under his directorship, such as Mahler 9 and Respighi’s Roman Festivals. Daniel is gradually receiving more freelance work as a conductor, having being invited to conduct concerts with the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra. He is in his second year as a Music Undergraduate at York University, where he is active as a conductor, having been music director for productions of Ravel’s opera ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’ and Mozart’s ‘Abduction from the Seraglio’, as well as being elected to conduct the university’s Concert Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, and he is also a regular conductor with the University’s New Music Ensemble. He is currently mentored by John Stringer and has received guidance from Sir Antonio Pappano, Ben Gernon, and Jonathan Nott.