Damian Brell is a New Zealand born musician, pianist, conductor, composer, lyricist, producer and arranger. He began studying piano when he was six, eventually going on to study several other instruments. Damian read music at Victoria University of Wellington (Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music), majoring in composition, orchestration and film scoring, studying with John Psathas.
In addition to performing as a classically trained pianist, Damian also played percussion in local Wellington orchestras and in 1999 was commissioned to write a musical to celebrate Karori Normal Schools’ 125th Jubilee. He also worked as a staff pianist at the New Zealand School of Dance, was the youngest ever appointed conductor of the Wellington Brass Band and was a member of the prestigious New Zealand Youth Choir, which toured the United States in 2001.
In 2002, he left for Paris to further studies in orchestral conducting eventually travelling and performing throughout Europe, the United States and Central America as a singer and pianist. This led to several opportunities working with other artists as a session pianist, arranger and eventually as a solo act.
Damian moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to begin work on his début album, Haiku Troubadour. The album was released on June 10, 2009 and was co-produced with Joerg Stoeffel. The song “Revolution”, from said album, was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media award in 2010.
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