Damian Montano enjoys a dual musical career as both bassoonist and composer. As an instrumentalist, Damian has performed with numerous Southern California orchestras, including the San Diego and Pacific symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and LA Opera. He was featured as soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and the USC Wind Symphony, subsequent to winning each ensemble’s concerto competition with a work that he composed. He has also been featured twice as soloist in performances of his own Concerto for Piccolo and Contrabassoon. As a recording musician, Damian has played on scores by film composers such as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, Christopher Young, Elliot Goldenthal, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell and Christophe Beck.
As a composer, Damian has worked on projects ranging from scoring for television and feature films, to writing music for live theater. He has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been commissioned by ensembles throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Chamber Music Palisades, Calico Winds and the Vientos Trio. Additionally, his works have been performed by the Long Beach, Santa Monica, Culver City and Cal Tech-Occidental symphonies; the National Symphony Orchestra; the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra; the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Wind Symphony.
Damian graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. Damian joined LACO during the 2005-06 season.http://www.damianmontano.com/