Damjan Rakonjac is an active composer and conductor whose music has been called “haunting” by The British Theatre Guide. His opera “The Other Wise Man”, on a libretto by David Wisehart, had its premiere in Los Angeles in December 2010. His most recent work, the “Vocalise Concertante” for woodwind quartet, was commissioned by the Midnight Winds. Damjan has written works in a wide variety of genres: including incidental music for several plays (“Necessary Targets” by Eve Ensler and “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Checkov, both performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; “The Kentucky Cycle” and “The Laramie Project”, both performed at Pepperdine University); a string trio (“The Friendly Woods”, recorded by the Luther Trio); an extended-length, sacred vocal piece (“Devica Kerkyra”, for three female voices, harp, and percussion; premiered at Pepperdine University); and a piece for unaccompanied flute (“Passacaglia”, recorded by Grace Lai). Damjan began his music studies in Belgrade, Serbia, where he was a violin and theory pupil at the Josip Slavenski Music Conservatory. He received his B.A. in composition from Pepperdine University in 2008, where he studied with Dr.Lincoln Hanks. Damjan is currently studying composition with William Kraft. He is the Music Director of Music On Argyle, a concert series dedicated to performing new music by living composers.