Luca Mendoza (16) is a rising junior at Crossroads School in Los Angeles. In 2015, he received an LA Music Center Spotlight Award for piano performance and a Downbeat Student Music Award for his composition TITLE, INSTRUMENTATION?. He is also a 2015 National Young Arts Foundation Winner, participating in a week long seminar of music, dance, and other arts disciplines. For the past five years, Luca has also participated in Colburn Musical Encounters, which foster music education throughout Los Angeles inner city schools. He studies piano with Alan Pasqua and Rina Dokshitsky. His other awards include first or honorable mentions in the Southwest Youth Music Festival and Glendale classical competitions, as well as Outstanding Solo Award at the 2015 Monterey NextGen Festival. He has also recently performed chamber music with the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute during a live radio broadcast at the LA County Museum of Art.