Born in 2003, Dominic began studying piano performance at the age of five, and has studied under the direction of Dr. William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2012. At 11 years of age, Dominic has an impressive array of musical accomplishments. He received first prize and grand prize at the 2013 Competition for Young Pianists sponsored by the Chopin Foundation, San Francisco Chapter and the Auburn Symphony Young Artist Competition respectively. He was invited to perform at the 60th and 61st Junior Bach Festivals in Berkeley. Most recently, he has won the American Fine Arts Association 2015 Piano, Strings, Winds and Voice International Concerto Competition and was invited to perform with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra conducted by Conductor Pavel Gershtein in Russia. He was also a prize winner at the 2015 International Young Gifted Musicians Festival.
Dominic performed at various festivals sponsored by American Protégé, American Fine Arts Festival, International Golden Key Music Festival, American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented and Music Teachers Association of California.
Dominic finds opportunities to perform piano music at hospitals, senior and memory care centers. He believes music brings healing by communication that uses rhythm and beauty to carry messages to one’s soul in an effective way.
He also enjoys chamber music. He participated in the 2014 Summer Chamber Music Workshop hosted by the Sacramento Youth Symphony and performed in a piano trio and piano duo.
Beyond piano performance, Dominic likes improvising and writing cadenzas to the piano concertos that he performs and learns. He plays the cello and is especially fond of cello duets. Dominic is on the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth academically gifted program and received high honors in their talent search program. He is a member of the American Mensa. In his free time, Dominic enjoys playing chess, taking long hikes, playing and watching football and training his miniature pinscher for service dog certification.