Dani was born 1965 in Närpes, on the west coast of Finland. He started playing the piano when he was 5,
studied music at the Kuula institute, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and at Manne's College of Music in New York.
In the mid-eighties he became the keyboard player for the Heritage Singers, and toured 11
months out of the year for 3 years with them.
He has played at a wide range of venues, from concert halls like Carnegie Hall, to casinos in Las Vegas, jazz clubs,
churches, hotels, TV shows, and recording sessions.
While studying music (composition, film scoring and orchestration) in New York 1988, he was trained and worked as a concert technician for Steinway
& Sons on Manhattan. Musically this was also a great learning experience, he got to meet and work with a lot of
Dani now lives in his native country of Finland. He works as a composer and pianist. He has released 4 CD-s:
“Of Water and Sand”, “Travelogue”, “For Sleepless Nights” and his latest CD “Sound Paintings”.
He has written music for film, such as Klaus Härö's “Letters to Father Jacob” (for which he received the Nordic
Film Music Award for best film music, and also the Finnish Jussi Award), Kjell Sundvall's “Vinnare och förlorare”,
Hanna Hemilä's “Paavo-A life in five courses” and TV, ( “Strömsö”, “Kotikatu”, “Samtal på Strömsö”,
“Religious Apartheid”, “Skolmusik”, “Relationskliniken”...)
Dani also writes music for advertising, does recording sessions, and plays regularly with his jazz trio/quartet/quintet.
He has worked with a wide range of artists, such as Jaki Graham, Nils Landgren, Noel Pointer, Victoria Tolstoy, Lena Willemark,
Janne Schaffer, Willard Meeks, The Heritage Singers, Chris Willis, Lagaylia Frazier, Maria Kalaniemi, Lepisto & Lehti, Sofia Källgren,
Art Mapa, Mike Estes...
For more information, please visit www.danimusic.com