Daniele Roccato, double bass soloist and composer, is acclaimed as one of the most interesting and original voices of the international music scene today.
As a soloist, he has performed at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert halls, often presenting his own compositions.
Gavin Bryars, Julio Estrada, Ivan Fedele, Hans Werner Henze, Terry Riley, Stefano Scodanibbio, Sofia Gubaidulina (who declared: “his interpretation has totally shocked me. I’ve never heard a double bass sounding in this way” - RAI RadioTre) wrote and approved transcriptions for him.
Together with Scodanibbio he created “Ludus Gravis”, an ensemble of double basses where he is the soloist and director.
With writer, playwright and actor Vitaliano Trevisan he realised the theatrical works Solo et Pensoso, Time Works, Note sui Sillabari, Madre con Cuscino, Campo Marzo 9/10, Burroughs in Cage, Good Friday Night, where he has been involved both as a composer and a performer, too.
For dancer and coreographer Virgilio Sieni he wrote the music of Agorà Tutti, Vangelo secondo Matteo (produced by La Biennale di Venezia), CORPUS_Deposizioni e Visitazioni, Vita_Nova, DOLCE VITA_Archeologia della Passione, (produced by RomaEuropa Festival), Le Sacre - Preludio (produced by Teatro Comunale di Bologna).
Within avant-garde theatre he wrote the music for NuvoleCasa, produced by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Chiara Guidi) and for LUS, written four hands with Luigi Ceccarelli, produced by Teatro delle Albe (Ermanna Montanari, Marco Martinelli. Produced by ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro).
In the field of extemporary creation and improvisation he realised concerts and albums with Mark Dresser, Vinko Globokar, Garth Knox, Joëlle Léandre, Thollem McDonas, Butch Morris, Barre Phillips, Dominique Pifarély, Michele Rabbia, Terry Riley.
Some of his many transcriptions are forthcoming for Sikorski, Schott and Salabert editions.
He brought the double bass as a solo instrument into pop music with trio projects together with Lucio Dalla and Roberto Vecchioni.
Professor of double bass at the Conservatory of “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, he is often invited to hold seminars in prestigious musical institutions and Universities, among which worth-mentioning are the: Conservatoire National Supérieur (Paris), Universitat der Kunste (Berlin), San Francisco State University, Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice) UNAMM (Mexico City) UNEAC (Havana).
He recorded for ECM, Wergo, Sony.
Several of his concerts were broadcast by Rai RadioTre and Sky ARTE.
He often participates as a jury member in international competitions.
Of Venetian origins, he has resided in Rome for many years now, and few years ago he established his main studio on the shores of Piediluco Lake.