Danko Druško

Conductor & Educator



Born to Croatian parents in Germany, Dr. Drusko is Artistic Director of COJAC (California Orchestra and Jazz Academy), Music Director of El Sistema USA/Salinas and the Monterey County Youth Symphony as well as Instrumental Director at York School. He is guest Cover Conductor for the LA Phil and has collaborated with artists such as Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Lukas Vondracek, Ledisi, Simone Young, Thomas Wilkins, Gustavo Dudamel, and more. Drusko was Director of Orchestra & Opera and taught conducting at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. He was Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and 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 Florida School of Music, 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, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Santa Clara University Orchestra, San Diego Youth Symphony, 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 with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and many more. 

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 what John Steinbeck described as paradise with his wife, son, and pets.



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International Conducting Workshop with Dr. Danko Druško

Frances Stark's The Magic Flute (orchestrated by Danko Druško)

Mahler 2 pre-concert lecture with The Cleveland Orchestra


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