Daniel Elms’ distinctive voice as a contemporary composer, humanist and prolific collaborator is captured in emotive soundscapes, which effortlessly fuse intricate orchestral textures with the electroacoustic instruments and urban sounds synonymous with his hometown of Hull in the North of England.
Elms studied composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and was mentored by Kenneth Hesketh, Peter Stark, and Carlos Bonell. Taking inspiration from progressive and humanist ideologies, his work addresses disparate social, economic, and political relationships between people and cities, and offers intimate commentaries on the human condition.
Elms’ music has been performed by members of the London Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Balanescu Quartet, the Jubilee String Quartet, and prominent soloists such as Richard Harwood, Thomas Gould, Peter Gregson, Joby Burgess and Giacomo Bigoni. Elms has also amassed a varied repertoire of collaborative works across feature film and theatre, including the BAFTA-nominated Ralph, the Academy-Award-nominated Library of Burned Books, Plaques and Tangles at Royal Court Theatre, and additional music for Taboo by Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy, for which he worked closely with fellow composer Max Richter.