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Dominic Muzzi

dmuzzi@depauw.edu • (765) 658-4393 • Green Center 1106

Dominic Muzzi headshotDominic began training in the art of classical piano at the age of four, having shown keen aural ability before that age. Shortly thereafter, he began performing locally in his childhood home of central Florida, giving his first full-length public solo recital at the age of eleven in a local music store. By the age of fourteen, Dominic had earned the American College of Musician’s National Level performance certificate. By age eighteen, he had won the Music Teacher's National Association's Solo Piano Competition for the State of Florida, First Prize in the Florida State Music Teachers Association's Gold Cup Concerto Competition, and Second Prize in the Harold C. Schwartz Foundation Scholarship Competition. Presently, while pursuing his Doctorate at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, he has built a substantial presence in the competitive field; the previous seasons have been immensely successful for Dominic, having earned gold medal and first prize in the 68th Wideman International Piano Concerto Competition, as well as first prize at the National finals of the Music Teachers National Association's Young Artist Competition, sponsored by Steinway and Sons. Dominic also was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Chopin Foundation of the United States' 2020 Competition, as well as a quarter-finalist in the Hastings International Concerto Competition, competing on scholarship after being selected as one of the top three North American candidates.

In the past two seasons, Dominic enjoyed immensely successful debuts as featured soloist with the Shreveport Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire, performing the first two piano concerti of Sergei Rachmaninoff. His playing was reviewed as 'breathtaking', 'electric', and 'incredible.' He also performed two concerts with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, presenting Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. Dominic appeared on 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 also appeared on two virtual concert series, presenting innovative programming and lectures on the ‘Empowered Musician’ and ‘5pm’ concert series, as well as speaking on podcasts and interviews. An enthusiastic recitalist and educator, Dominic frequently returns home to Florida to perform concerts in a community outreach capacity, having delivered engaging lectures and promoting an accessible approach to fine art for students and audiences alike. His extensive academic training at top institutions allows him to reveal relatable insight about his programming to both amateurs and connoisseurs, making him a returning favorite on various concert series in central Florida.

Dominic was inspired to pursue music professionally in the summer of 2010 while in attendance of a pre-college piano festival at Florida State University. He would go on to complete his undergraduate studies there under the tutelage of Dr. Read Gainsford. Seeking to further his education, Dominic graduated summa cum laude with a Masters of Music in piano from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in the Spring of 2018. He now is enrolled in the doctoral program at Indiana University, studying with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Roberto Plano.

In addition to completing his doctoral studies, Dominic was recently hired as a collaborative pianist at the DePauw University School of Music, as well as serving in the United States Army as a Specialist in the 100th Army Band, stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He also maintains a successful studio, having prepared students for winning auditions at the Jacobs School of Music, The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins, The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, and others. He has studied chamber music with renowned artists such as Peter Stumpf, Alex Kerr, and Kevork Mardirossian. He has participated in masterclasses and public lessons 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 pictures of Shiba Inus.