Daniel Tilling was born in Nyköping, Sweden in 1975 but grew up in Stockholm. During his first years in school he investigated playing the piano, cello and oboe but without a great deal of success. It wasn't until the age of 15-16 that his interest for jazz awoke and he began devoting his time more to playing the piano. He was lucky enough to have a very inspiring teacher in Esbjörn Svensson. He also admired Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Oscar Peterson and nowadays has Thelonious Monk, Red Garland and Ahmad Jamal among his favourites. His musical education was spent at Birkagårdens Music School in Stockholm followed by the Malmö College of Music. It was in Malmö that he began playing with the Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet, Miriam Aïda Quintet and the Monday Night Big Band. He returned to live in Stockholm in 2001 and since then has played with Jess Jazz Group, Peter Johannesson, Ulf Adåker, Krister Andersson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Rigmor Gustafsson and others. He was pianist in the Fredrik Norén Band from 2000 - 2002.