Dante De Silva
Lecturer, Composition

Dante De Silva is a Los Angeles-based composer and musician. His music has been described as “haunting” (Classical Sonoma) and “beautiful” (Los Angeles Times) to “sparkling” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “fun” (Sequenza21). From his early days in a rock band up until the present, Dante has always aimed to create music that evokes emotions ranging from the simple to the complex. To conjure those emotions, his compositions incorporate a characteristic balance of lyricism, simplicity, humor, fragility, and even savagery.

He has received commissions from Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, Opera Parallele, the Verdehr Trio, the B Band, and the Humboldt State University Percussion Ensemble, among others. In addition to his commissions, performers of his work include Talea Ensemble, Pacific Serenades, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, What’s Next, and Composers Inc. His music has been performed throughout the U.S., as well as parts of Canada and Europe.

De Silva holds a Ph.D. in composition from UCLA, where his primary teachers were David Lefkowitz and Paul Reale, an M.A. in composition from UC Santa Cruz with David Cope and Paul Nauert, and a B.A. in music with an emphasis in piano performance from Humboldt State University, where he studied with Brian Post (composition), Eugene Novotney (percussion, composition), and Deborah Clasquin (piano).

Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor - Voice Performance and Voice Area Head
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus - Clarinet Performance
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
James Darrah
Lecturer - Stagecraft
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Dean Anderson
Lecturer --Interim Director, Philharmonia and Symphony
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Douglas Masek
Adjunct Professor - Saxophone Performance and Woodwinds Area Head
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
David Kaplan
Lecturer - Piano Performance
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Elisabeth Le Guin
Chair of Musicology; Professor
Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Terence Blanchard
Professor and Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies; LA Phil Guest Artist
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head

Explore Other Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz