Dominic Muzzi – DePauw University


Dominic began his training in the art of classical piano at the age of four, having demonstrated great hearing ability before that age. Soon after, he began performing locally at his central Florida childhood home, giving his first public solo recital at the age of eleven at a local music store. By the age of fourteen, Dominic had obtained the National Level Performance Certificate from the American College of Musician. By age eighteen, he had won the National Association of Music Teachers for Florida Solo Piano Competition, first prize in the Florida State Music Teachers Association Gold Cup concerto competition, and second prize. of the Harold C. Schwartz Foundation Scholarship Competition. Currently, while pursuing his doctorate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, he has built a substantial presence in the competitive field; previous seasons have been hugely successful for Dominic, having won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 68th Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition, as well as First Prize at the National Finals of the Music Teachers Young Artist Competition. National Association, sponsored by Steinway and Sons. Dominic was also recognized as a semi-finalist in the 2020 Chopin Foundation Competition USA, as well as a quarter-finalist in the Hastings International Concerto Competition, competing on scholarship after being selected as one of three best North American candidates. . Over the past two seasons, Dominic has had extremely successful debuts as a featured soloist with the Shreveport Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first two piano concertos. His playing has been called “breathtaking”, “electric” and “incredible”. He also gave two concerts with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Dominic has appeared in the Texas Street Arts Series, as well as two “Chopin for All” concerts sponsored by the Chopin Foundation of the United States. Adapting to the pandemic, Dominic has also appeared in two virtual concert series, presenting innovative programming and talks on the “Empowered Musician” and “5pm” concert series, as well as podcasts and interviews. An enthusiastic recitalist and educator, Dominic frequently returns home to Florida to perform concerts as part of community outreach, having given engaging talks and promoted an accessible approach to the fine arts for students and the public. His extensive academic training at top institutions allows him to reveal fans and connoisseurs alike insight into his lineup, making him a returning favorite in various concert series around Central Florida. Dominic was inspired to pursue music professionally in the summer of 2010 while attending a pre-college piano festival at Florida State University. He completed his undergraduate studies there under the supervision of Dr. Read Gainsford. Seeking to further his education, Dominic graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in piano music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in the spring of 2018. He is now enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Indiana, studying with internationally renowned concert pianist Roberto. plan. In addition to completing his doctoral studies, Dominic was recently hired as a collaborating pianist at the DePauw University School of Music, as well as in the U.S. Army as a Specialist with the 100th Army Band, stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He also maintains a successful studio, having groomed students to win auditions at Jacobs School of Music, Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München , etc He studied chamber music with renowned artists such as Peter Stumpf, Alex Kerr and Kevork Mardirossian. He participated in masterclasses and public courses by Sergei Babayan, Jerome Lowenthal, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Matti Raekallio, Jon Nakamatsu and others. Outside of music, Dominic enjoys experimenting with new recipes, hiking and smiling at photos of Shiba Inus.


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