Composer, arranger, and conductor Vince Mendoza has written for a wide variety of top artists, including Joni Mitchell, Sting, Al Di Meola, and Randy Brecker. His compositions include big band, chamber, orchestra, and jazz compositions for Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, and John Abercrombie. Mendoza won his sixth Grammy for John Scofield’s 54 album.
Mendoza studied classical guitar, piano and trumpet, earning a music composition degree from Ohio State University. He completed post-graduate studies in composition and conducting at the University of Southern California.
Mendoza’s early solo albums Start Here and Instructions Inside on Blue Note Records won critical praise. Start Here was voted a “Top Pick” by and “Best Composer/Arranger” by Swing Journal’s critics poll in Japan. As a leader, Mendoza has 10 recordings on the Blue Note, ACT, Blue Jackel and Zebra labels.
As Music Director for the Netherland’s Metropole Orkest, Mendoza performs with top artists, including Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and others. The Vince Mendoza/Arif Mardin Project: Jazzpaña with the WDR Big Band in Cologne received a Grammy nomination. Mendoza regularly conducts his music in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.K.
Mendoza’s commissions include Turtle Island String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the L.A. Guitar Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the BBC, and his music was featured at the Berlin, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. Mendoza’s “World Cup” closing ceremony music was heard worldwide, and he scored Lars van Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark featuring Björk.