Daniel Schnyder. composer. saxophonist.


Interview on “Yardbird”

Check out this interview I did with All About Jazz discussing my new opera Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.

New website, Bandcamp & Tumblr

While I have run a web shop for sheet music and CDs for more than 10 years, now I am adding an online shop of many of my recordings via Bandcamp – including previously unreleased material. Also, I have opened a Tumblr account which is built into the site and will be my news feed from now on. Go check out both!

You can not only prelisten and download my music on Bandcamp itself. Bandcamp is also tightly integrated in the Records and Compositions sections of my new and redesigned website: 

  • When you browse to Records, you can listen to the recordings on their detail pages (click on “More details”)
  • When you browse the Compositions database, the note symbol on the right-hand side of a compositions opens a player where you can prelisten to its recording.

I hope you enjoy all of it. Feedback and suggestions are welcome!

GAIA Festival

The 2015 edition of the annual GAIA Festival in Oberhofen, Switzerland, will take place from June 7 to 10. Daniel was invited to be Composer in Residence. Read more on the festival’s website.

The Art of the Duo


My new album with David Taylor, “The Art of the Duo”, was just released. Check it out here.

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird premieres in June

Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a new opera by Daniel Schnyder based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955). My new work will premiere on June 5, 2015.

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brown will costar as Charlie’s mother, Addie Parker. The opera has been developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera.

“Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette Wimberly are crafting a work that captures Charlie Parker’s complex musical genius and troubled life in an engaging and honest way. We are honored to bring together a diverse group of artists, some of whom are new to opera, to create a work that will expand the boundaries of operatic music through the influence and infusion of Parker’s music.”

Visit the opera’s website

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Next Concerts

Jul 09, 2015, 20:00
Erl (Austria), Erl/ Tiroler Festspiele/ Festspielhaus

Double Concerto for Bass Trombone and Saxophone and Orchestra

Jul 14, 2015, 20:30
Barcelona (Spain), Palau de Musica de Barcelona

Trumpet Concerto played by Manuel Blanco
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Jul 15, 2015, 20:30
Girona (Spain), Auditori do Girona

Trumpet Concerto played by Manuel Blanco

Jul 19, 2015, 20:30
Cervera (Spain), Universitat de Cervera

Trumpet Concerto by Daniel Schnyder played by Manuel Blanco

Recent Concerts

Jun 25, 2015
Rottweil (Germany), Sommersprossen Festival
Jun 14, 2015
Philadelphia (USA), Philadelphia (as 5th)
Jun 12, 2015
Philadelphia (USA), Opera Philadelphia (as 5th of June)
Jun 10, 2015
Philadelphia (USA), Opera Philadelphia (as 5th of June)
Jun 07, 2015
Philadelphia (USA), Opera Philadelphia (as 5th of June)


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