what people say:

“Maté’s songs are a combination of jazz, classical music and rock, made thrilling by his unique voice. He makes dazzingly audacious choices in his music and lyrics that are always surprising yet inevitable.”
William Finn, Tony-winning composer/lyricist

“[The characters in Maté’s songs] are people trying desperately to connect, mostly getting it wrong, and we love them for it — because that’s us.”
Victoria Clark, Tony-winning actress, director of a 2012 workshop of The Longing and the Short of It and the 2010 NAMT presentation of The Trouble With Doug

“A reason to feel good about the future of the musical theater.”
Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post

“Wryly humorous…  deeply affecting….  suffused with passion…. charming, quirky storytelling…   Like a reporter, Daniel Maté holds up a mirror so we can examine ourselves more clearly…  [His] vision has such incisive clarity that he is more a chronicler whose work decades hence will enable our descendants to see, as Wilder suggested in Our Town, this is how we lived in the early part of the 21st Century.”
Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater On Stage

“One of [today’s] great, young, new talents…  Stephen Schwartz [Tony- and Oscar-winning composer/lyricist of Wicked, Godspell, Pocahontas; Director of ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop] and I immediately took notice of his original and unique voice as a songwriter.”
Michael Kerker, Director of Musical Theatre, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

“A songwriter on the rise, he is quite a gem… [T]he genuine article… Not to be missed.”
Larry Murray,

“[The Trouble With Doug had] possibly the best set of theatre lyrics I’ve heard in years – dramatic and emotional and funny, sometimes all at once.”
Bruce Pomahac, Director of Music, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

“[A] remarkable and heartfelt new show… [about] a family of loving, smart people who genuinely care about each other. The places Aronson and Maté take us here are constantly surprising… Maté’s lyrics are witty and literate…”
Martin Denton,  (Click here to read the full ‘DOUG’ review)


what Daniel might say, if asked:

I make theatre that is musical and music that is theatrical.  I aspire to the specificity and deft craft of musical theatre‘s best traditions, infused with the catchiness of pop, the rawness of rock, the honesty of folk, and hip-hop‘s compelling sense of flow — all while trying to take the form in new directions.  In my songs and shows I try to tell the truth about the messy business of being human, as I understand or misunderstand it.


press about Daniel:

“Finding A Voice Onstage:  Daniel Maté performs for his old hometown on July 4” — (Jewish Independent, Vancouver) — 6/20/2013

“The Breakout:  Winning Words” (The Globe & Mail, Toronto) — 5/03/2013

“Daniel Maté and Alan Gordon Win 2013 Kleban Prize for Musical Theatre” (Playbill) — 4/25/2013

“Broadway’s Future:  Kennedy Center hosts a showcase of talented new composers” (Metro Weekly, D.C.) — 9/13/2012

Interview with Contemporary Musical Theatre for its “Top 25 Songs” feature — 8/25/2012

• “Get some ‘character’ at Galapagos” (The Brooklyn Paper) — 9/27/2010

“ARTIST NOSE THERE’S MORE TO GOWANUS” (New York Daily News) — 9/26/2010

“Up-and-coming writers win grants:  Jonathan Larson Grants handed out” (Variety) — 2/01/2010 

• “If I Wrote A Song:  An Interview with Daniel Maté” (Emerging Musical Theatre blog) — 7/28/2010