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Dominic Doutney is a British concert pianist, based in Chicago. He is currently undertaking his Doctor of Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music with Professor James Giles, as a recipient of the Eckstein scholarship. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Professor Ian Jones, as well as Professors Dmitri Alexeev and Sofya Gulyak. He was the recipient of the Fishmongers' Company Beckwith Scholarship, and at his graduation he was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal, given to two students annually for outstanding musical contribution to the Royal College. He performed for His Majesty King Charles III (then Prince of Wales) at the prize-giving ceremony.
Dominic was recently awarded 1st prizes at the 25th Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Competition in Barletta, Italy, the Walled City Festival competition in Derry, Northern Ireland, and Semana Internacional de Piano de Óbidos in Portugal, as well as 5th Prize at the 2022 Lyon International Competition. In 2021 he was awarded 3rd prize at the Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain in April 2021, 1st prize in the Norah Sande Award, and 3rd prize in the Clamo International Competition in Murcia, Spain. Dominic is also the 2020 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Award for Keyboard.
In the summer of 2021 Dominic attended the Oxford Piano Festival on the personal invitation of Sir Andras Schiff, having played in a highly publicised masterclass with him at the Royal College of Music in the previous May. In the summer of 2019 Dominic studied at the Aspen Festival and School in Colorado, on a Polonsky Foundation Fellowship, having previously taken part in the piano masterclass programme at the Banff Centre in Canada (thanks to the English-Speaking Union’s Yehudi Menuhin scholarship). Dominic is a former joint winner of the EPTA UK Piano Competition and winner of the Royal College of Music’s Teresa Carreño (2013) and Constance Poupard (2014) prizes. In 2017, Dominic was placed third in the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize, and in 2016, second at the Isidor Bajic Memorial Competition (category B).
Dominic is a seasoned recitalist and concerto soloist. In May last year he performed Beethoven’s 3rd concerto with the Soundiff Orchestra in the Teatro Curci, Barletta. He performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd concerto in October 2021 with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra. In April the previous year he performed Brahms 1st concerto with the Málaga Philharmonic, having performed it in 2019 with the Leipziger-symphonieorchester in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Mendelssohn-Saal, to critical acclaim. In October 2019 he performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto in St John’s Smith Square with the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in November with the Dorset Chamber Orchestra. Other concerto performances have included Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (with Martyn Brabbins and the Royal College of Music symphony orchestra), Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos nos. 2 & 3, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto no. 1.
Recent solo appearances include recitals at the Lichfield Festival, the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe summer festival, recitals in Lisbon and Caldas da Rainha (Portugal), and a tour of six cities throughout Italy. Upcoming performances include recitals in Tampa, Florida; Pheonix, Arizona; Logan, Utah; and Derry, Northern Ireland. Dominic has also made appearances at the Leicester International Music Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Kings Lynn Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (in association with the Royal Over-Seas League), the Cranleigh Arts Centre, the Penrith Music Club, the Bury St. Edmunds concert series, the Sevenoaks Music Club, Hull Chamber Music, the Beaumaris festival, and many other venues round the UK. Other international solo performances include appearances at the Beaujolais music festival (France), Leipzig’s Media Campus Villa Ida, the Obidos masterclass series (Portugal), the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), the Poros Piano Festival (Greece), the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), and in Moscow (at the invitation of the Spivakov Foundation). In London, Dominic has performed at the Bolivar Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Elgar Room (at the Royal Albert Hall) and at 22 Mansfield Street (for the Nicholas Boas Foundation).
Dominic has made appearances on BBC Radio 3 (performing Chopin and discussing the art of virtuosity), CNBC (discussing the experience of participating in a masterclass with Lang Lang), and recently performed an all-Rachmaninoff recital on Portugal’s biggest classical music radio station, Antena 2. Dominic has studied in masterclasses with artists including Stephen Hough, Peter Donohoe, Boris Berman, Veda Kaplinsky, Hung-Kuan Chen and John Perry.
Outside of the piano, Dominic is a keen theatregoer, art enthusiast and fan of Harlequins Rugby Club.