Daniel Studer was born in Zürich in 1961, lived and worked in Rome from 1981 to 1995, is now living with his family in Zurich.
Master of arts in Music Pedagogy, guest composer at the Elektronisches Studio in Basel, studied composition with Johannes Schöllhorn.
2010 award from the city of Zurich.
His focus lies on improvisation and mixed forms of improvisation and composition. He participated in various projects involving space – and projects with live electronics; further fields of interest are music and language, music and dance, music and video poetry. The constant exploration of his instrument has led to performances as a soloist, too.
For years he has been working with Peter K Frey, Mischa Käser, Katharina Klement, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Dieter Ulrich and Alfred Zimmerlin.
Presently he is part of the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, III-VII-XII (with Mischa Käser and Urs Haenggli) and the trio Gabriela Friedli Trio.
Concerts and radio recordings in Europe, Japan and USA.
Among others he played with Lester Bowie, John Butcher, Massimo Coen, Jacques Demierre, Paolo Fresu, Gabriela Friedli, Steve Grossmann, Gerry Hemingway, Barney Kessel, Katharina Klement, Hans Koch, Joëlle Léandre, Kirk Lightsey, Paul Lovens, Franz Loriot, Fredi Lüscher, Magda Mayas, Mike Melillo, Don Moye, Pascal Niggenkemper, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Tony Scott, Elliott Sharp, John Tilbury, Massimo Urbani, Urs Voerkel, Bobby Watson, Chris Wiesendanger, Philip Zoubek and many others.
Records with the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and John Butcher, Giancarlo Schiaffini Quintet, Gabriela Friedli Trio, Solo, In Transit, Eichenbergers Domino, Day & Taxi, Käppeli-Lüscher-Studer, Streichtrio Coen-Penazzi-Studer on labels as hat[now]ART, Intakt, Unit Records, EMANEM, Konnex, Percaso, Creative Sources, Edition RZ.
Festivals: Tage für Neue Musik Zurich, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen, Festival Densités Fresnes Fresnes-en-Woëvre, Controindicazioni Roma, Le Mans Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival Bozen, Clusone Jazz, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Unerhört! Zürcher Jazzfestival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Zoom in Bern, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Limmitantiones, Romaeuropa, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, World New Music Days, Honmoku Jazz Festival Yokohama, Jazz and more München, Siena Jazz, Progetto Musica Roma.
He has been teaching improvisation at different music schools so at the Bern University of the Arts since 2006.