Daniel Manera (1986) began serious musical study in 2005, undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Music at North Wollongong TAFE. After graduating, he studied composition with Michael Smetanin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During this time, he mostly worked nights as a pizza chef and mornings as a baggage handler on Sydney’s wharfs – fitting in some music teaching at Waterfall Public School once a week. In 2011, he graduated with First Class Honours and a string of prizes and awards under his belt. The following year, he commenced research for a PhD and took up a position as a student administrator at the Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Over the next year, Daniel continued to compose and conduct his research. In 2013, he moved to Amsterdam to pursue a musical life in Europe and subsequently took up evening work as a cook again. He now lives in the United Kingdom, working as an IT Projects Trainer at the University of Oxford, and is writing a violin suite for Dutch soloist Paul Medeiros.