Damian Montano enjoys a career as both bassoonist and composer. He has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his compositions have been performed by ensembles across the country, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, International Double Reed Society Festival Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Culver City Symphony, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. As a bassoonist, he is a member of the LA Chamber Orchestra and has performed with numerous other Southern California orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, and Pacific Symphony. He is also an active recording artist for film, television, and commercials. While studying at USC, Damian was featured as soloist with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra and USC’s Wind Symphony, subsequent to winning each ensemble’s concerto competition with a work that he composed. In 2012, Damian appeared as a headlining artist at the International Double Reed Society Conference, where he played the dual role of soloist and composer in the world premiere of his bassoon concerto “Three Night Pieces.” His compositions can be heard on the Delos and Capstone record labels.