University of Toronto.
He is the brother of fellow composer Jeff Danna. He has been scoring films since his 1987 feature debut for Atom Egoyan"s Viewing, a score which earned Danna the first of his thirteen Genie Award nominations. Danna is recognized as one of the pioneers of combining non-Western sound sources with orchestral and electronic minimalism in the world of film music
This reputation has led him to work with such directors as Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Terry Gilliam, Scott Hicks, Ang Lee, Gillies MacKinnon, James Mangold, Mira Nair, Billy Ray, Joel Schumacher, and Denzel Washington.
He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. Danna also served for five years as composer-in-residence at the McLaughlin Planetarium in Toronto (1987–1992).
Works for dance include music for Dead Souls (Carbone Quatorze Dance Company, directed by Gilles Maheu 1996), and a score for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet"s Gita Govinda (2001) based on the 1000-year-old classical Gita Govinda, with choreographer Nina Menon. Danna"s wife Aparna is of Indian origin.
The couple has two sons.
He is the older brother of composer Jeff Danna. Include Deepa Mehta"s Water, Atom Egoyan"s Where the Truth Lies, Terry Gilliam"s Tideland, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris" Little Mission Sunshine, Bennett Miller"s Capote, Moneyball and Marc Webb"s (500) Days of Summer.