Daniel Herskedal is winner of "Best Original Score and Music Supervision" at Ambies 2022 in Los Angeles for his music to the "9/12" podcast commemorating September 11, and winner of the Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) prize in composition 2021.
His music ebbs and flows with utter grace and poise, perfectly fusing the spirit of jazz with the compositional craft of classical music. Seldom do you hear a musician with such depth, emotive intensity and virtuosity shine whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. The cinematic scope of his music is obvious in the way he conjures landscapes in his compositions. This is evident in his elemental series of albums Slow Eastbound Train, The Roc, Voyage, Call for Winter, and Harbour, and has led to his work on soundtracks. His latest album "Out of the Fog" featuring singer and songwriter Emilie Nicolas is out in October 2022.
In 2019, Herskedal debuted as a film music composer with music for "The Last Black Man in San Fransisco", produced by Brad Pitt. In 2020, he composed music for Coca Cola's worldwide commercial "Open Like Never Before" featuring George the Poet.
In 2021, Herskedal had works commissioned for the jazz festivals in Trondheim, Stavanger, and Molde with Emilie Nicolas, Eivind Aarset and Helge Norbakken. In addition, he released the album "Harbor" with his regular ensemble with Eyolf Dale and Helge Norbakken. The album was awarded “Jazz album of the year” by British Presto Music and was nominated «Instrumental album of the Year International» by the German Jazz Prize.
On the album "Raajroe – The Reindeer Caravan" with Sami artist Marja Mortensson and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Herskedal is co-composer, soloist, and orchestrator. This release was nominated for Norwegian grammy in the category traditional music 2021.