Dana Leong is a prodigious anomaly of the highest order. At the age of 1, Dana was already sitting at the piano on a regular basis. He was on an intense traditional path towards the classical music arena. By the age of 8, Dana was already performing and competing internationally on the cello and trombone. Dana won an audition and performed with the Grammy High School All Stars and Boys II Men. "After seeing the magnitude of New York City and the wonderful impact these artists had, I wanted to be a musician for life," he says.
Since his entrance into New York City in 1998, Dana has been sprinting steadily through the ranks of the music scene. At the ripe age of 25, Dana has held roles as a performer on stage and in the studio as well as a composer and producer with top performers in almost every musical genre such as: The 2006 Grammy Nominated Jazz Chamber Trio led by Paquito D'Rivera (where Leong now fills a chair frequented by Yo-Yo Ma,) Ray Charles, Diddy, Kanye West, Matisyahu, Norah Jones, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, Alanis Morrisette, Zap Mamma, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, Boyz II Men, Dark Latin Groove, Christian McBride and the Balkan Beat Box. He was also invited to perform at Bing Crosby's house. On screen, Dana has acted and performed in a number of different settings such as Steven Spielberg's feature film "The Terminal," Robin Williams's "August Rush," NBC's "Law & Order," "The Today Show," and with The Roots "Live at Wetlands." Dana has even performed for fashion shows and high fashion events by Alexander Hercovitch and Dianne von Furstenberg.
Dana's sound is a fusion of computerized electronic hip-hop funk rhythms and rock propulsions. While playing the cello or trombone, Dana also uses his laptop onstage to integrate electronic soundscapes.
It is a rare occurrence when one person is equally successful in two completely different arenas. Dana Leong is remarkably active as both a renowned cellist and a powerful and articulate trombonist. Having learned both instruments at an early age under the tutelage of his mother Sumi Nagasawa, Leong now resides in New York City.
Mr. Leong has recently completed his debut album entitled "Leaving New York" which features his original compositions and guest appearances by Christian McBride and eight-time Grammy winning clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera.