Daan Manneke was born on 7 November, 1939.

Musical education
From 1963 to 1967 he studied at the Brabant Conservatory of Music in Tilburg, organ with H. Houët and Louis Toebosch, composition with Jan van Dijk. Later he studied organ with Kamiel d'Hooghe in Brussels and composition with Ton de Leeuw in Amsterdam.

From 1972 Daan Manneke teaches at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam: at first improvisation and analysis of 20th century music and later also composition.
Daan Manneke is founder and conductor of the
chamber choir Cappella Breda.

He has published several articles in music periodicals. In 1978 his Werkboek voor improvisatie en groepscompositie (Workbook for improvisation and group composition) was published by Annie Bank in Amsterdam.

In 1967 he won the Prize for Young Artists from the Province of Zeeland. For his composition Trois Petites Symphonies he was awarded with the first prize in an organcomposition/playcompetition in Averbode (B). In 1972 he received an award for Composition at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. His composition Three times was awarded the Fonteyn Tuynhout Prize in 1977 and in 1980 he received the Hilvarenbeekse Muziekprijs for Pneoo. For Er vallen stukken he received the Composition Prize of the City of Tilburg. In 1999 he received the Cultuurprijs of the Province of Noord
Brabant. In January 2009 he received the Oeuvreprijs from the city Breda.