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Danny Villanueva

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Lecturer, Percussion

(301) 405-5549

2121 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Danny Villanueva is an in demand freelance percussionist/drummer who performs in the Washington D.C. area. With various groups and ensembles he has performed at The Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Blues Alley, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, The Hippodrome Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre and Signature Theatre.

He has shared the stage with with a diverse range of artists including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Ben Folds, John Mayer, The Civil Wars, Phillip Phillips, Quincy Jones, Yo Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Ben Vereen, Smokey Robinson, Jason Robert Brown, Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton John, Denyce Graves, Linda Eder, Chris Botti, Branford Marsalis, NAS, Michael Bolton, Bebe Neuwirth, Joss Stone, Martina McBride, Boyz II Men, Gloria Estefan, The Irish Tenors, Clay Aiken, Brian McKnight and Dave Brubek.

With over 75+ theatre shows to his credit, he performs regularly at Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre and The Kennedy Center among many other top DC area theatres for regional and national touring productions. Orchestrally, he has performed with many of the area's leading orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra (including national and international tours and television).

Danny has had the privilege of working under some of the world's leading conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Roberto Minczuk, Iván Fischer, André Previn, Hugh Wolff, Lorin Maazel, JoAnn Falletta, Mark Elder and Hans Graf. Live television performances include "A Capitol Fourth" live on PBS with Phillip Phillips and Keala Settle.