Luka Batista, born in 1993 in Slovenia, is an Amsterdam-based guitarist and composer. Although primarily active in the fields of jazz and contemporary classical music, Batista seeks to fuse a wide spectrum of stylistic influences into an organic expression, reflecting the present time.
After about a decade of classical guitar studies with guitarists Marko Feri, Tanja Brecelj and Friderik King, he graduated at the local music high school in his hometown of Koper.
Along the way, the electric guitar began to have an ever-increasing role in his musical development – getting immersed in rock music eventually opened Batista a door to start exploring a variety of different genres where improvisation and rhythm are among the key ingredients.
In 2013 he moved to the Netherlands, where he is now finishing a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, studying with guitarists Jesse van Ruller, Maarten van der Grinten, Martijn van Iterson, Martien Oster, Edoardo Righini and Matiss Cudars.
While in high school, he also started taking composition lessons with composer and conductor Ambrož Čopi.
During his time at the Amsterdam conservatory, he has taken compositions lessons from André Douw, Yaniv Nachum, Jasper Blom, Joël Bons, Wim Henderickx, Richard Ayres, and Amit Gur.
Composition has slowly become the foreground of Batista’s focus, also significantly influencing his guitar playing.
He has had individual lessons with musicians such as Tim Miller, Paul Gilbert, Emil Spanyi, Boško Petrović, Jure Pukl, Primož Grašič, Jani Moder, David Gazarov, Žarko Živkovič, Marcin Dylla, Roland Dyens, Dušan Bogdanović and Paolo Pegoraro.