Juan Dussán is a New York-based eclectic musician who specializes in scoring for Film, TV and Multimedia productions. As a Pianist, Juan specializes in classical music, collaborative piano and jazz. He has flexibility to play and improvise professionally in a wide array of genres. His constant exploration for new creative musical concepts and technology makes Juan a progressive and multi-faceted artist.
He has scored multiple short films produced by directors from New York and Los Angeles. ‘Moonshot’ (2018) was awarded 1st Place at the Columbia University Film Festival. Other films have been screened in local film festivals.
Juan is sponsored by ROLI and KORG–Latin America. He has recorded keyboards in various studio albums, ‘Aura Nueva’ by Nación Aura, ‘Fragments’ by Abandoned Stars, and other projects from Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela and France.
He has been the Music & Video Producer/Director for his personal YouTube Channel with more than 1000 subscribers and Trouble Couple Piano Duet’s channel, which was featured by Classic FM in 2017 and 2018 consecutively. In 2018, Juan became a member of the ROLI Creator Community, dedicated to produce content promoting instruments and tools made by the company.
As a pianist, Juan was awarded honorable mention at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Lima, Peru, playing major works by the composer. He debuted in the winners recital at the National Auditorium of Lima the same year. He has been awarded 1st place in multiple piano competitions.
Juan currently resides in New York city, where he pursues a master’s degree in Film Scoring at the New York University with professors Mark Suozzo, Ron Sadoff, Sergi Casanelles, Irwin Fisch, among others.
Juan was born on July 25th, 1995 in Medellín, Colombia. At the age of 9 he started his piano studies in a local Yamaha Academy. Initially, he worked on popular genres of music and developed a good sense of hearing because he spent most of the time learning tunes by ear. For 4 years he spread his keyboard skills in pop, jazz, rock, film soundtracks and salsa. He constantly performed with school and academy bands in local music festivals and was awarded best keyboard player on multiple occasions.
When he was 14, he was admitted to the music conservatory at Universidad de Antioquia under the instruction of professor Consuelo Mejia. From this moment on, his academic studies became exclusively focused in classical music and some jazz. He was also admitted at Berklee College of Music in 2012, but he didn't take the opportunity at that time. He auditioned with an original piano solo medley arrangement of Latin Jazz tunes by Michel Camilo and Colombian traditional music by Carlos Vieco and Germán Darío Pérez.
In 2013, Juan started his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at Universidad EAFIT, in Medellin, with Dr. Andres Gomez Bravo, one of the most renowned pianists of the musical scene in Colombia. In this period, Juan participated in student competitions and was awarded first place in both soloist and chamber music categories. He also participated in the "Pianissimo" Local Competition, where he was awarded first place playing major works by Scriabin, Haydn, Chopin and Kapustin. Juan also has a particular interest in playing contemporary music by american composers from the XX and XXI century such as Mark Olivieri, Philip Glass and Paul Schoenfield.
Juan started doing photography in 2012. He shoots street, landscape and portraits in both film and digital. Additionally, he shoots video as a director of photography for music projects, auditions, live concerts, music videos and promotional videos.
All Juan's work is available in his YouTube channel, where he has more than 200,000 total views and an extensive subscribed audience. He has made more than 10 collaborations with different musicians from all around the world covering songs from his favorite bands. His film scoring portfolio can be found in his SoundCloud account and his photography portfolio is located on Flickr.
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