Dr. Dominic Donato is active as a percussion soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He is a member of the Talujon Percussion Quartet and Newband and performs regularly with many New York new music groups and orchestras, including Ensemble 21, the ST-X Ensemble, Washington Square Chamber Music Society, League of Composers/ISCM, American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Eos Orchestra, and Riverside Symphony.
As a soloist, Dominic has performed in New York City (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, the Bang on a Can Festival, Washington Square Church), Rome, Amsterdam, and Paris, where he gave the French premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ “Percussion Concerto, Omega.” In October 1999, he was invited to the Donaueschingen Music Festival, where he premiered James Tenney’s “Song ’n’ Dance for Harry Partch” with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. His solo performances include “Ais for Amplified Baritone, Percussion Soloist, and Large Orchestra” by Iannis Xenakis at the May 2000 Gulbenkian Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.
In October 2000, Dr. Donato presented an enthusiastically received Solo Percussion Recital at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City, which included premieres by Allison Dean, Maya Levina, Steven Ricks, and Roger Zahab, as well as works by John Cage and Iannis Xenakis. In May 2001, he presented the first in a series of solo tam-tam concerts, performing premieres of works by Helen Lee and himself as well as works by John Cage and James Tenney. Future concerts will feature major works for the instrument by Holliger, Stockhausen, Tenney, and Young, as well as new works written especially for the series.
Dr. Donato has recorded Dean Drummond’s “Different Drums” for solo percussion on Mode Records, and can also be heard on Aurora, Newport Classics, New World, O.O. Discs, and CRI recordings. He received his D.M.A. degree from the Manhattan School of Music and M.M. degree from SUNY Stony Brook, and is currently a member of the Conservatory of Music faculty at Purchase College.