The music of composer Leonardo Dugan, pioneering in its fusion of contemporary style and classical form, has been hailed by critics as “jazz-inflected” as well as “melodic and accessible,” and for making the listener “more inclined to give contemporary composers a chance.”

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s doctoral program in composition, he has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Julliard School, Orchestra 2001, Piano4, and others.  Dugan is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Haverford College, and has appeared several times as a guest lecturer for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Pre-Concert Conversations series.

Recent works include I Have a Rendezvous with Death, for baritone and piano, commissioned by the Juilliard School for the 20th annual Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital, Prestidigitation and Thaumaturgy, a jazz/classical double concerto commissioned by the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and premiered by the NASO with pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Charles Yang of Time for Three, and the song cycle The Life and Death of Joan of Arc, which was premiered in 2014 by mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan at the Juilliard School and has been performed several times since in venues across the U.S.

As an arranger, Dugan recently collaborated with singer/songwriter Jesse Colin Young of the Youngbloods on an orchestral suite of Young’s music, which was completed in 2017; he was also recently commissioned to orchestrate “Danny Boy” for baritone John Brancy and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra for the Celebration at the Station event on May 27, 2018.

Other current projects include the comic opera All is Fair and a jazz piano instructional method book entitled Dr. D’s Jazz Piano Method. Dugan resides in West Chester, PA, with his wife Lauren and their two sets of twins.