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Damian Rees
Damian is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London where he received his Bachelors Degree in 2000. He studied composition with Steve Martland and Dominic Muldowney. While at the RAM he won the Idoles Owen Prize in 1997 and was awarded an LRAM in 1998. In 2005 Damian was jointly awarded the John Fussell Young Artist's Award from the Swansea Festival.

Damian was born in Swansea, South Wales in 1978. He has been writing music since he was nine years old. He was self-taught until the age of seventeen when he came to the attention of Steve Martland whom selected him to take part in his annual international summer school in England, when his Homage to Ceri Richards was premiered by the Steve Martland Band conducted by Elgar Howarth.

His music has been performed all over the world including: Britain, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Holland, America and Japan, as well as at many major concert halls and music festivals including: the Harrogate Music Festival, the Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival, the Lidkoping Music Festival, the Royal Festival Hall and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall.

Damian’s music embraces his Welsh heritage with a musical language that is diatonic, expressive and well crafted. Damian is a composer who realizes the importance of engaging with an audience.