Daniele Ghisi studied math at the University of Milan until 2007. In parallel to these studied, he began studying composition in 1997 at the conservatory in Bergamo with Alberto Colla and then Stefano Gervasoni, before receiving his composition award in 2007. Ghisi has followed composition seminars with Pierluigi Billone, Alessandro Solbiati, Azio Corghi, and Helmut Lachenmann. He took part in the Ensemble Modern’s international academy (IEMA) with George Benjamin in Frankfort in 2005 and in the Voix Nouvelles composition session at Royaumont with Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Jarrell, and François Paris in 2006 for which he composed Alba. Ghisi returned to Royaumont in 2008-2009 for the Transforme session.
From 2008 to 2010, he followed the Cursus in Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM. From 2009 to 2010 was a composer in residence at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and in 2011-2012 he was a member of the Académie de France en Spain – Casa de Velàzquez in Madrid. In 2012-2013 he worked as a composer in research at IRCAM and, in 2013-2014 as a research assistant at the Haute école de musique in Geneva.
Cofounder of the blog Nuthing, to which he regularly contributes, Ghisi is also the co-creator of the bach project with fellow composer Andrea Agostini. The bach project is an automated composer’s helper, a computer environment for real-time composition aide. In 2012, Ghisi received the AFIM young researcher award and the A. Piccialli award for this project.
Daniele Ghisi received commissions from the Divertimento Ensemble for Le carte di Pólya (2007) and De Selby Compendium (2010), from the Archipel festival for Verso Snàm-dà-én (2008), and from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for iCi (2010). His first opera, La notte poco prima della foresta premiered in September 2009, during the MiTo festival in Milan. Daniele Ghisi began his collaboration with Casa Ricordi in 2011, with his series of lieder, abroad.