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“… drummer Dan Israelsen impressively driving the ensemble”
(John Fordham, The Guardian)


Originally from Denmark, Daniel moved to London in 2009 to study jazz and percussion at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has since established himself as a drummer, educator and author. His current quartet features Charlie Stacey, Alam Nathoo and Henrik Jensen. He has performed with the London Jazz Orchestra and has lead projects featuring saxophonist Martin Speake and guitarist Hannes Riepler. He has toured abroad and masters a wide spectrum of genres. In 2014 he graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, earning an MMus degree prior to which he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama obtaining a 1st class degree and also received the Maldé Jazz Prize for the best final recital.

He enrolled at the musical foundation course in Holstebro, Denmark, and in 2008 he received the Bendix grant for showing great development and having a fine understanding of sound and musical touch on the instrument.

Through Daniel’s extensive learning he has had the privilege of studying with Anders Mogensen, Morten Lund, Espen Laub von Liljenskjold, Kresten Osgood, Andrew Bain, Ralph Salmins, Trevor Tomkins, Gene Calderazzo and Dave Wickins. Classical training with Michael Skinner, improvisation with Martin Hathaway, composition and arranging with Scott Stroman and Jazz harmony with Malcolm Edmonstone and Morten Ramsbøl.

Daniel has performed at LSO St. Luke’s, Verdict Jazz Club, Barbican Centre, Charlie Wrights, Oliver’s Jazz bar, The Vortex, Pizza Express in Soho, Union Chapel, Jamboree, IKLECTIC, Upstairs at the Ritzy and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

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Daniel playing drums live in concert

Contact Daniel to book his current musical project, a lesson or workshop.