Damian Brell
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Damian Brell

Woodland Hills, California, United States | SELF

Woodland Hills, California, United States | SELF
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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

Haiku Troubadour (2009)

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Bio

Damian Brell is a New Zealand born musician, pianist, composer, lyricist, producer and arranger. He began studying piano when he was six, eventually going on to study several other instruments including drums, percussion, flute and pipe organ. When he was fourteen, his family moved to Wellington where he attended Wellington College before reading music at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in composition. It was during this time he began formative work as a conductor and music director. Branded as “radical and precocious” by his peers there was little doubt that Damian’s music would leave an indelible footprint.

In addition to performing as a classically trained pianist, Damian also played percussion in local Wellington orchestras, performed with the university opera group and in 1999 was commissioned to write a musical for a local Wellington school. 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 Europe to further studies in orchestral conducting eventually travelling and performing throughout Western Europe, the United States and Central America as a singer and pianist.

Damian came to Los Angeles in 2008 and began work on his début album Haiku Troubadour. The album was released in June 2009 and was co-produced by Damian and Joerg Stoeffel.