“ Harding is a self-effacing presence, leading from behind, but his supremely sensitive drumming is crucial to the success of the project, managing to swing hard and drive his soloists to greater and greater heights without ever overwhelming them with extraneous volume. ”
(Eddie Myer, June 2019)


Originally from Denmark, Daniel moved to London in 2009 to study Jazz and percussion at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now an established drummer, educator and author spending time on composing, teaching and performing. He has recently released a drum instruction book dedicated to Jazz drummers. He has performed with the London Jazz orchestra and has lead projects featuring saxophonist Martin Speake and guitarist Hannes Riepler. 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 best final recital.

He enrolled at the musical foundation course in Holstebro, Denmark when he was 18 years of age. He found himself playing gigs in the local area within a week. In 2008 while still at the music school, 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 Alex Riel, Anders Mogensen, 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, Barbican Centre, Charlie Wrights, Oliver’s Jazz bar, The Vortex, Pizza Express in Soho, Union Chapel, Jamboree, IKLECTIC, Upstairs at the Ritzy, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and has collaborated with the Southbank Sinfonia.

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

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