Conductor & Educator
Welcome to the official website of conductor Danko Druško
Born to Croatian parents in Germany, Dr. Drusko is Artistic Director of COJAC (California Central Coast Orchestra and Jazz Academy), Music Director of El Sistema USA/Salinas and
Youth Music Monterey as well as Instrumental Director at York School. He is Cover Conductor for the LA Phil and was Director of Orchestra & Opera at the Northern Illinois University School of Music, and Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a frequent guest conductor, clinician and pre-concert lecturer.
Drusko has conducted professional, university and youth orchestras throughout Europe and North America such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Opera, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Budapest Operetta, Metropolitan Orchestra Lisbon, Rochester Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, University of Nebraska-Omaha School of Music, Jacobs School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, LA Phil), among others.
With career beginnings as a trumpet player, Drusko competed in Germany’s national competition for young musicians “Jugend musiziert” after which he was invited to study trumpet at the Augsburg College of Music, today the Leopold Mozart Zentrum. Along with work as a professional trumpet player in symphonies and pit orchestras in Germany, Drusko also enjoyed performing as a tenor in several operas and toured with orchestras to Spain, Italy, Denmark, Poland and the United States. Drusko was a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and won the first and only prize in conducting by the Culture Foundation of Lake Constance in Germany. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Friedrichshafen City Art Award, a distinction given to promising artists every two years in their effort to promote cultural advancements in the region. He was invited to some of the most competitive conducting competitions, i.e. Donatella Flick with the London Symphony Orchestra, Solti with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Opera Orchestra, and many more, advancing to semi-final rounds on multiple occasions.
Drusko holds a Doctor of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He received his Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and holds Staatsexamen degrees from both the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen (B.M. & M.M.) and the University of Konstanz (B.A. & M.Ed. English Literature & Linguistics; minor in Philosophy & Ethics). He currently lives in Monterey County with his wife and pets.