Biography / Info
Dino began his formal musical education at Mohawk College of Applied Arts in Hamilton Ontario, where he began compositional studies in both classical and jazz idioms with Michael Malone. After completing the program in Hamilton, he traveled to Toronto to study jazz-fusion music at Humber College and then to McGill University in Montreal, where he studied classical orchestration and jazz big band arranging. While still in school, Dino began collaborating on music for various radio and television ads (Ford Probe, Nautilus Plus) working with the biggest "jingle" studio in Montreal. After graduating with Distinction and a Bachelors degree in Music he immediately began creating music for film, television, modern dance and theatre. Dino has since studied composition privately with Dr. Richard Danielpour in N.Y.C.
As a result of his work as a composer for screen and stage (over 60 productions including a dozen National Film Board productions), Dino has had the opportunity to work with many musicians of note. A passion for ethnic instrumentation within the occidental began as a result of collaborations with some of the nation's most recognized world musicians (Liu Fang, Ganesh Anandan, Lei Qiang among others). Equally at ease with modern technology, Dino also enjoys incorporating samplers and digital manipulation into his compositions.
Dino has won multiple Canada Council for the Arts grants and was selected in the GCFC/SPACQ recording session competition, which had the McGill Symphony Orchestra play and record his music. Career highlights include arrangements for The Ensemble Moderne of Frankfurt Germany, theme and episodic music for Fox Television's Student Bodies, an orchestral work premiered by The Victoria Symphony in 2008 and upcoming music for Cirque du Soleil's 2008 show to be presented at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain.