Luka Batista, born in 1993 in Slovenia, is an Amsterdam-based guitarist, composer and electronic musician. His work revolves around bringing the hidden worlds of the nature of sound into the foreground of musical happening.
He is currently following the Live Electronics master’s program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, focusing on interactive music performance and electro-acoustic composition, studying with Marcel Wierckx, Jos Zwaanenburg, Frank Baldé, Jorge Isaac, Wim Henderickx and Jorrit Tamminga.
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 and 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 to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with guitarists Jesse van Ruller, Maarten van der Grinten, Martijn van Iterson, Martien Oster, Edoardo Righini and Matiss Cudars, and in May 2017 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar.
While in high school, he also started taking composition lessons with composer and conductor Ambrož Čopi.
During his time at the Amsterdam conservatory, he had compositions lessons from André Douw, Yaniv Nachum, Jasper Blom, Joël Bons, Wim Henderickx, Richard Ayres, and Amit Gur. Composition has slowly become the core 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.