After studying at both Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal (Canada) and Bordeaux (France) Daniel Gauthier completed his studies at the Université de Montréal where he earned a doctoral degree.
At the age of twenty-four Gauthier became the first saxophonist to win the Grand Prize at the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. In addition, he was a laureat at the Ancona International Music Competition in Italy.
Gauthier has performed in Canada’s major cities as well as in Washington (D.C.), Newport, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Buenos Aires, Paris, Munich , Berlin, Hamburg, Verona, Roma, Madrid, Athen, Ljubljana, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Salzburg etc.
Gauthier presented master classes in almost all european music capitals and also served as a jury member on all most important international saxophone competitions in the world.
In 1997 he was appointed to a professorship at the Detmold Faculty of Music (Germany). In 2003 he changed to the Cologne Faculty of Music.
In 2000 and 2006 Gauthier was elected member of the International Saxophone Committee.
As soloist he played among others with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Radio Orchestra Stuttgart, the Lubljana Radio Orchestra, l’ Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Jena Philharmony Orchestra, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Cologne, the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra Cologne, the Südwestfalen Landes Orchester, the Capella Istropolitana, the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, the Würtembergisches Chamber Orchestra.
In the last years he was especially successful with the Alliage Quintett that he founded in 2004. With this chamber ensemble he appeard several times on differents European TV Net-work and the group recorded five cds for the label SONY classical.
He received three times the famous german CD Award Echo klassik, with the Alliage Quintet in 2005 (for Una voce poco fa) and 2014 (for Dancing Paris) and as soloist in 2006 (for Spirito latino) .