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, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Paolo Fresu, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Grossmann, Barney Kessel, Hans Koch, Riccardo Lay, Joëlle Léandre, Magda Mayas, Mike Melillo, Evan Parker, Antonello Salis, Irene Schweizer, Tony Scott, Co Streiff, Sebi Tramontana, Massimo Urbani, Urs Voerkel, Bobby Watson and many others.
Records with the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, Giancarlo Schiaffini Quintet, Gabriela Friedli Trio, Solo, In Transit, Eichenbergers Domino, Day & Taxi, Käppeli-Lüscher-Studer, Streichtrio Coen-Penazzi-Studer on labels as Intakt,Unit Records, EMANEM, Konnex, Percaso, Creative Sources, Edition RZ.
Festivals: 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.