Daniel Kidane

In the fall of 2016 I had the pleasure of photographing the concert composer Daniel Kidane, whose works range from solo pieces to large orchestral pieces.

Raised on a South London estate to Russian & Eritrean parents, Daniel's heritage has provided a rich and textured backdrop for his musical creativity. Playing the violin aged 8, Daniel then entered the Royal of College of Music Junior Department and then later studied privately in St. Petersburg, receiving lessons in composition from Professor Sergey Slonimsky. 

Daniel's compositions are performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His works have been premiered by several notable companies including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Learn about Daniel's work here.

Whilst Daniel and I discussed a range of suitable locations for the photoshoot, I was attracted to the juxtaposition of the estate where he grew up (and still lives in) and his fame has a modern classical composer. Daniel embraced the idea, so we spent a glorious afternoon in late afternoon autumn making frames for my camera whilst deep in discussion about music, its many cultural roots and the sheer vibrancy of modern London. The swish 3 piece bespoke suit was made by the London based tailors *Beggars Run*. Here follows a few outtakes from the final series. 

My session with Daniel was part of a commission by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to make portraits of the 8 recipients of the 2016 *Awards for Artists* - one of the world's largest arts prizes, now celebrating its 22nd year. Shooting on locations across England, Scotland and Sweden, I gained a lovely glimpse into the creative spaces the artists and composers reside in. 

After visiting and photographing the recipients individually, I made a group portrait on the morning of the Awards reception. From left to right: Cara Tolmie, Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson, Rachel Reupke, Ailís Ní Ríain, Daniel Kidane, Heather Leigh (sitting), Lucy Skaer and Sonia Boyce.

For other Journal entires regarding Awards for Artists, take a browse through the following entires:

The Twin Presence of Rachel Reupke & PHF Awards for Artists 2015