Daniel studied music at Clare College, Cambridge before deciding to pursue a career as a bassoonist. After completing postgraduate courses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Hochschule fűr Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Daniel was appointed co-principal bassoon with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen. From 1999 to 2003, Daniel was principal bassoon with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
He appeared with them as a soloist on several occasions and also played an active role in the education department of the orchestra. Since moving to London he has appeared as guest principal bassoon with various orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and London Winds, and has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music. Daniel was appointed Principal Bassoon of the LSO in 2013.