Danielle Eva Schwob is a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker), “worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut) and musical polymath with "deep roots in rock music" (New York Times), originally from London but currently based in New York City. Recognized as one of the most exciting young voices in classical music today, she is also an acclaimed pop songwriter, film composer and music curator. Her diverse talents and strong work ethic have established her as a formidable force within the world of creative new music.
Her chamber and orchestral works have been performed by groups including American Modern Ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, Janus Trio, The Deviant Septet, Azure Ensemble, pianist Vicky Chow, violinist Jennifer Choi, flutist Eric Lamb, cellist Mike Nicolas, harpist Bridget Kibbey and the NYU Symphony as well as members of Alarm Will Sound, NY Philharmonic and The Knights, among others. Schwob has received numerous awards and commissions for her work from ChamberMusicNY, The American Composers Forum, The Sundance Institute, The Aaron Copland Fund For Music, Con Edison, ASCAP, BMI, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Exploring the Metropolis and numerous others. Performances of her work have been featured at venues including Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge and Philip Glass’s MATA Festival.
Schwob’s concert music is best characterized by an introspective tone, expressive melodies and atmospheric sound worlds. She is interested in creating work that feels elegant yet visceral and otherworldly, drawing inspiration from the romantic and minimalist traditions as well as her rock background. Her vivid, colourful compositions have been praised as being “dark and beautiful” (Consequence of Sound), "dynamic" (Brooklyn Vegan), “hard-edged” (NY Times), “thoughtful” (Flavorpill), “satisfyingly dark (Sequenza21) and “an emotional exorcism” (Sonic Scoop) that "straddles the words of pop and indie-classical" (Broadway World). Her work has been featured on radio/TV stations across the U.S., most notably NPR and NY1.
Having grown up in London, playing guitar in rock bands and jazz ensembles as well as writing music, Schwob moved to New York to study classical composition formally at New York University and The Manhattan School of Music. An eclectic background has enabled her to have success beyond the concert stage. Selected projects include a pop EP Overloaded (co-produced with Ido Zmishlany), a forthcoming record with three time Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Sinead O’Connor) and sync licenses with Vimeo’s one-million-plus user video app Cameo.
As a performer and arranger, Schwob has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds, The Pogues, David Simon (creator of The Wire, Treme) Dar Williams, Sxip Shirey, Rhys Chatham, Corn Mo, members of The Polyphonic Spree and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has also worked projects including on Shakespeare in the Park, a David Attenborough documentary and numerous Hollywood film soundtracks. SYZYGY New Music, the ensemble and concert series that she founded alongside percussionist Frank Tyl with the goal of promoting exciting new artists, has also earned praise as “astronomical” (Tribeca Film Festival) and “mind-blowing” (Unveiled Arts) and was featured in the New York Times. Recent scoring projects include a collaboration with Late Night With Seth Meyers writer Chioke Nassor on his debut feature How To Follow Strangers – an acclaimed indie starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer that won numerous awards on the festival circuit, had a short theatrical release and was heavily advertised on the subway.
The past few years have seen exciting developments in Schwob’s classical career. In 2015 she premiered Three Self Portraits, a new triptych of solo works inspired by the work of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, as part of a two-composer portrait concert with avant-garde luminary John Zorn. The piece was debuted by pianist Vicky Chow, violinist Jennifer Choi and cellist Mike Nicolas alongside the world premiere of Zorn’s Pulitzer Prize shortlisted piano trio The Aristos. The previous year saw the Lincoln Center debut of Schwob’s harp and string quartet piece Lights In The Dark, which was commissioned by ChamberMusicNY and chosen as a NY Times Critic’s Pick. In 2012 she produced and performed at a “starry alt-classical” (NY Times) benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy featuring ETHEL String Quartet, Sxip Shirey, violinist Todd Reynolds and many others, leading to features on NY1, TimeOut and many other outlets.
In 2016 Virginia Parker Prize-winning harpist Caroline Cole will premiere Schwob’s newly commissioned piece for solo harp in conjunction with Astral Artists in Philadelphia. Other projects include the release of two new albums – one of her classical music and one of her pop writing - as well as collaborations with numerous other NY-based ensembles.