Daniel Schnyder is known as a composer/performer with a solid reputation in both jazz and classical fields. He recorded over ten CDs of his own music for Enja Records, Koch Jazz, CCnc, Universal, Arabesque and Red Records. As a performer Daniel toured and recorded with many well known classical musicians, world music artists and jazz artists.
Among his credits as a composer are commissions to write compositions for the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (4th Symphony, commissioned by David Zinman), the Opera of Bern ("Tempest" by Shakespeare), the NDR Orchestra in Hannover, the NDR Big Band in Germany, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New York based new music group "Absolute Ensemble" under the direction of Kristjan Jaervi (Bass Trombone Concerto for David Taylor) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among many others.
His latest composition: Casanova, a short opera.
Daniel Schnyder won first prize at the 1996 International Trumpet Guild’s Composition Contest. His trumpet sonata was selected as one of the official pieces for the Concours Maurice André pour Trompette 2003 (Paris). He won also numerous awards for his chamber music by the International Flute Association, the International Clarinet Association, the City of Zurich, Pro Helvetia, the National Art Council of Switzerland, the American Symphony League and Meet the Composer. He is a composer with Universal Edition’s "Spectrum Series" and the composer in residence with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His stay with the MSO was made possible by a grant from Meet The Composer and the American Symphony League.