Daniel Sonabend is a film and TV composer, music producer, and sound artist based in London. With a distinctive style that blends traditional approaches, contemporary orchestration and innovative sound design techniques, his music can be heard in a wide range of works, spanning across film, TV, documentaries, branded content, and installation art.
Daniel’s recent credits include scoring the Netflix Original documentary feature film Le Masque (AKA The Masked Scammer), writing additional music for season 2 of The Louis Theroux Interviews (BBC2) and providing musical sound design for the Ridley Scott’s epic Napoleon (starring Joaquin Phoenix), the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi and Marvel Studios’ mini-series Loki. Other recent works include scoring the award-winning documentary feature film Piano to Zanskar (alongside Werner Herzog’s composer Ernst Reijseger) and providing additional arrangements for the BAFTA-nominated score for BBC’s mini-series House of Maxwell. As an additional music composer, orchestrator and programmer, Daniel has worked with acclaimed composers such as Martin Phipps, Natalie Holt, Andrew Phillips, Nainita Desai and Patrick Jonsson on numerous film and TV projects such as Journey’s End (Based on the R. C. Sherriff play), Infidel (starring Jim Caviezel), Gun No. 6 (2019 BAFTA winner for Best Single Documentary), Wildcat (2023 Emmy nominated score, produced by Amazon Studios), Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (Amazon Studios), Murder in the Valleys (Sky), Investigating Diana (Channel4, Discovery), Doing Money (BBC2), The Boy With The Topknot (BBC2), Pin Cushion, and BBC1’s primetime TV drama Press. In addition to his long-form work, Daniel has also composed music for a variety of short-form projects, including advertising campaigns for high-end clients such as Cartier, Bimba y Lola, Canon, Volvic and Philips, as well as contributing a string arrangement to the 2017 John Lewis Christmas advert, recorded by Elbow and directed by Michel Gondry.
As a multi-instrumentalist Daniel often performs on his scores, and is notable for his collaborations in which he creates cutting-edge film and TV scores, contemporary music and sound art. Daniel studied composition at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the University of Westminster under acclaimed composers and avant-garde artists such as Shirley Thompson OBE, Steve Beresford and Aviya Kopelman, as well as with Hollywood composition and orchestration masters Conrad Pope and Christopher Young at various film music workshops.
Alongside his work in film and TV, Daniel also composes music for award-winning art installations, with previous works presented at the Museum of the Future in Dubai, Palais de Tokyo and The Grand Museum of Perfume in Paris, The Royal Academy of Arts in London, The Louvre in Abu Dhabi and The Macallan distillery in Scotland to name a few. Daniel also often collaborates and produces music for various music artists, including Eliza Shaddad with whom he created the electronic-jazz duo Sandscape, with their debut LP set to be released in 2024.