Daniel was Professor of Oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for ten years, then in 1997 became Professor of Oboe and Conducting at the Indiana University School of Music. He then was invited to be Prince Consort Professor of Oboe at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2004, he was named Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany.
As Principal Oboe of Britten Sinfonia, Daniel has frequently appeared as a member of the orchestra and also as a soloist/director. In 2009 Britten Sinfonia released its first own label recording, which features Nicholas Daniel in John Tavener's Songs of the Sky.
Daniel has commissioned and premiered many new works for the oboe, to increase its status as a solo instrument. Such works include:
- The Kingdom of Dreams by John Woolrich (1989)
- Double Concerto by Simon Bainbridge (1990)
- An Interrupted Endless Melody by Harrison Birtwistle (1991)
- First Grace of Light by Peter Maxwell Davies (1991)
- Helios by Thea Musgrave (1994)
- Oboe Concerto by John Woolrich (1996)
- Oboe Concerto by Nigel Osborne (1998)
- Oboe Quintet by John Woolrich (1998)
- Three Capriccios for solo oboe by John Woolrich (2001)
- Two's Company by Thea Musgrave (2005)
- The Fabric of Dreams by Michael Zev Gordon (2006)
- Kaleidoscopes by John Tavener (2006)
- Sorella by Rory Boyle (2007).
- Oboe Concerto by James MacMillan (2010).
Daniel has recorded many albums, both solo work and chamber music, such as:
- Alwyn oboe concerto
- Alwyn Chamber works
- Alwyn Chamber works vol 2
- Alwyn Orchestral works
- Arnold Orchestral works: Fantasia Conifer
- Berkeley oboe concerto
- Bliss Chamber works
- Finzi Orchestral works: Eclogue
- Finzi, Howells, Patterson works for oboe & piano
- Horovitz oboe concerto
- Elena Langer Landscape With Three People
- Martinu Sinfonia Concertante
- Moeran Fantasy Quartet
- Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E flat
- Mozart Wind Concertos
- Mozart Chamber works
- Musgrave Helios; Memento Vitae
- Strauss Sinfonia no 2; oboe concerto
- Woolrich The Ghost in the Machine
- French Chamber Music for Woodwinds
- French Oboe Sonatas
- Five Italian Oboe Concertos
- Oboe Alone
- Oboe Sonatas with Julius Drake
- Vaughan Williams and MacMillan oboe concertos
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- "The Queen's Medal for Music 2011". The Official Website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
- Rian Evans (12 April 2003). "Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake (The Courtyard, Hereford)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Rian Evans (11 August 2006). "Britten Sinfonia/Watkins (Snape Proms, Aldeburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Andrew Clements (9 November 2006). "Britten Sinfonia/Daniel (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Rowena Smith (7 March 2007). "SCO/Gardner (City Halls, Glasgow)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Katie Vickers. "Personal view from Nicholas Daniel". Southbank Centre. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
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