ABOUT DANTE LUNA
Composer | Performer
Dante Luna, a Los Angeles based composer/performer for the stage and screen, has had his music performed all over the world including Russia, France, Italy, Scotland, and throughout the United States. Originally born in Atlanta, GA., Dante's music has a wide range of influences from the Viennese classical & romantic, to minimalism & the new simplicity movement, and from jazz & folk to rock & pop. Visual art and dance have also been a significant element in Dante's upbringing; his family consists of choreographers, artists, as well as academics and teachers.
Dante has played piano and studied music theory from the age of 5, and began writing music by the age of 11. He attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) studying classical percussion and jazz vibraphone where in the summers he was at the Interlochen Summer Arts program in percussion performance and premiered some of his early music there. In 2016 he attended the European American Musical Alliance - Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris where he premiered his string quartet piece "Listen To Me," and received honors in score reading and keyboard harmony. In 2018 he graduated from UCLA with latin honors with a BA in Music: Percussion Performance & Composition. Now he is pursuing his MA in Composition at UCLA, studying primarily with Richard Danielpour and Ian Krouse.
Recently, he’s had premieres by the Pasadena Community Orchestra, Carpe Diem String Quartet, and Russian String Orchestra, and as a performer, he can be seen playing with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pasadena Symphony/Pops, and many other Los Angeles-based ensembles. When Dante isn't composing or performing, he is teaching both privately and with institutions like the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, which gives him the opportunity to share his love and knowledge of music with a younger generation.