Dominic Muzzi, Pianist
Hailed for his "mastery, precision, and passion", Dominic Muzzi maintains a flourishing career as a concert pianist, having attained over a dozen top prizes and gold medals in domestic and international competitions. In the 2022-23 season, Dominic performed in venues from Chicago, to New York City, to the Florida Panhandle, garnering prizes in three separate competitions.
Dominic 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. This season, Dominic was Awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ and ‘Special Judges’ Prize’ at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Piano Competition, Second Prize in the National Society of Arts and Letters’ Scholarship Competition, advancing to the national finals in Chicago, IL where he was awarded the Robert Milton and Joanne-Dingwell Hanson Prize and Bronze Medal.
As a guest artist and featured soloist, 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. Furthermore, he 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.
This season, Dominic gave a benefit concert in Port St. Joe, FL, playing to raise money for an anti-hunger fund and giving the public world premiere of ‘Four Reflections’, an award-winning major work by Dominic’s JSoM colleague, Benjamin Rieke. Also a seasoned chamber musician, Dominic performed two recitals with the Terre Haute Symphony's Concertmaster and internationally renowned violinist Elina Rubio. As an educator, Dominic has also appeared as a guest lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music, being invited to perform and speak about the music of Chopin in undergraduate-level seminars for three years running.
Dominic was inspired to pursue music professionally in the summer of 2010 while attending a pre-college festival at Florida State University. He completed his undergraduate studies there under the tutelage of Dr. Read Gainsford in 2016. 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 studying under now deceased legendary pedagogue Dr. Karen Shaw. He is now in the post-coursework phase of Indiana University’s comprehensive Doctoral program, studying with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Roberto Plano. This year, Dominic delivered his lecture recital ‘The Long Terror: The Bb Concerto of Johannes Brahms’, using the Schenkerian theoretical approach to examine crucial transition points through the lens of longform tonal phenomena. In addition to completing his doctoral studies, Dominic serves 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.
Dominic has studied chamber music with world-class artists such as Peter Stumpf, Alex Kerr, Maurizio Fuks, 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 parasocial relationships with dogs on the internet.
Short Length Bio:
Hailed for his "mastery, precision, and passion", Dominic Muzzi maintains a flourishing career as a concert pianist, having attained over a dozen top prizes and gold medals in domestic and international competitions. A rising star on the concert circuit, he has performed from Florida to New York City, receiving rave reviews for his poise, flair, and maturity.