Dan Stern’s musical output ranges from jazz to classical music, from studio-based sounds to music for the concert hall. As a jazz tenor saxophonist he studied with ex-Miles Davis saxophonist Dave Liebman in New York before recording his debut CD album along with him and other luminaries of the UK and US jazz scene. He spent much of the 2000s performing with his own groups, combing complex notated music with the looseness of jazz.
A place on London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme re-focused his output to composition. An interest in collaborative work has led him to explore theatre and dance, and to the London Sinfonietta’s Blue Touch Paper scheme where he has created work with artist Aurelian Koch. He is an alumni of the 2011 St Magnus International Music Festival Composer Course, a Take 5-er - the PRSF/Jerwood scheme for jazz musicians run by Serious - and has composed for Oh Duo, the Red Note Ensemble as well as the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. As a jazz musician he has performed or recorded with Dave Liebman, Dave Binney, Gwyilm Simcock, Asaf Sirkis, Robert Mitchell, Tom Mason, Julian Siegel, Gareth Lockrane, Andrew McCormack, Steve Lodder, Andy Sheppard and Tim Garland.