Daniela Costa was born in Rome and studied piano with Sergio Cafaro at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. During the same period she also studied composition with Gino Marinuzzi and musicology with Fedele d’Amico at the Institute of Music History at the University of Rome.

Having won a study grant offered by the Fiesole School of Music, she furthered her studies of chamber music working with the “Trio di Trieste” for three years. Subsequently she studied Lieder repertoire with Loredana Franceschini at the Lugano International Music Academy and with Irwin Gage at the Fiesole School of Music. Upon Mr. Gage’s request, she was invited to attend his class specializing in German Lied and French chanson at the Zürich Musikhochschule for three years, where she was awarded two study bursaries from the Helvetic Confederation.

Daniela Costa performs primarily as an art-song accompanist for important musical institutions in Italy (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Amici della Musica di Perugia, etc.) and internationally in various European countries, including Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. She has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Debora Beronesi, Antonia Brown, Nancy Gustafson, and Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz.

She has also been featured on international radio stations: in Italy (Rai and Radio Vaticana), Belgium (BRT and RBTF), Germany (SDR), and Zimbabwe (Radio One). She recorded two world premier CDs for Nuova Era dedicated to the complete works of Mauro Giuliani for fortepiano and guitar (with the guitarist Francesco Romano) that were much acclaimed by the national and international press.

She is Professor of Italian Opera at Richmond University, California State University, and Smith College and she has lectured and performed at Georgetown University, Syracuse University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.