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Luca Santaniello

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. L.Perosi Conservatory , A.D The Juilliard School
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2016

Born in: Campobasso, Italy

Performances and Distinctions: Luca Santaniello is a drummer, composer and educator living in New York City. His proficiency in many different musical situations and settings, and his strong versatility skills on the drums have earned him wholehearted praise in the United States, Europe and South America. He entered the international scene by performing with some of the great masters of jazz such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Ron Carter and Roy Hargrove and recording on major music label Verve/Universal, Music Center and Max Jazz. After graduating with High Honors at the Conservatory “L.Perosi”, he relocated to the United States in 2001 at the age of 21 to study at the Brooklyn-Queens College of Music in New York City. In 2009 Luca Santaniello was chosen by a jury of world jazz masters like Carl Allen, Ron Carter ,Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond, to be part of the Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard School, the world leading institution in arts education. He represented Juilliard School throughout United States, South America and Europe through performance and educational outreach activities sharing his music knowledge in master classes and workshops with university level students from all over the world.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "Throughout the years I have developed a special relationship with Jazz which is a major part of my career and brought me all over the world to give performances to a vast audience and share knowledge with students from a lot of different countries....I focus a lot on technique that gives every drummer facility and control of the instrument, music reading for gaining capabilities in music fruition, music language and styles to expand knowledge of music genres, and I strongly encourage my students, when capable enough, to join a band or ensemble classes to start experiencing the social and team work aspect of music making."