Daniele Ghisi was born in Trescore Balneario, near Bergamo (Italy), in 1984. He studied mathematics at the University of Milan-Bicocca, graduating with 1st class honours. He also studied composition at the G Donizetti Conservatory in Bergamo – initially under A. Colla, and later under S. Gervasoni – and in 2007 took a diploma with 1st class honours, winning the J. S. Mayr prize.
He has participated in numerous seminars on composition with Billone, Solbiati, Corghi, Lachenmann and, in particular, at the IEMA with George Benjamin and the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, 2005) and at Voix Nouvelles with Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell and François Paris (Royaumont, 2006). He has won recognition in various national and international music competitions such as the V. Bucchi, O. Sindici, E. Ocon and GERMI competitions and has also won the Rotary, J. S. Mayr and Wildenstein prizes. In 2008 he participated in and won the F. Donatoni International Meetings.
Ghisi has received numerous commissions from various bodies including, in recent years, the French Ministry of Culture, Royaumont, GRAME, the Fondazione Spinola-Banna per l’Arte, the Venice Biennale, RadioFrance, the Divertimento Ensemble, the PlayIt! festival, the Ernst von Siemens Stiftung (for music@villaromana), the Archipel Festival and BergamoMusicaFestival. In 2008-2009 he participated in IRCAM’s Cursus I in Paris, and in 2010-2011 he returned to IRCAM for the Cursus II. In the same period he served as composer in residence for the Transforme session in Royaumont. In 2009-2010 he served as composer in residence at the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) and in 2011-2012 as a member of the Académie de France en Espagne – Casa de Velàzquez in Madrid. In 2012-2013 he worked as a research composer at IRCAM (Paris) and in 2013-2014 as a research assistant at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva.
Ghisi’s music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras including L’Itinéraire, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, the Divertimento Ensemble, FontanaMix and the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, by soloists like S. Accardo, E. Calleo, F. Dillon, E. Torquati and F. Venturini, and in festivals such as MiTo, the Archipel festival, the Venice Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, Agora, the Play It! festival and Voix Nouvelles.
He is a co-founder of the blog www.nuthing.eu, to which he contributes regularly. He is also a creator, together with Andrea Agostini, of the project bach: automated composer’s helper, a real-time library of computer-aided composition, for which in 2012 he won the AFIM-Jeune Chercheur and A. Piccialli prizes. The premiere of his opera La notte poco prima della foresta was performed in September 2009 at the MiTo festival (Milan). Daniele Ghisi began to collaborate with Casa Ricordi in 2011 with his cycle of lieder abroad.