Applied Music Studies, Strings - Viola
Dominic DeStefano has been featured in performances as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. After completing doctoral studies with his long-term mentors, Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll, he joined the viola faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and became a teaching fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. DeStefano currently teaches viola at University of Louisville School of Music, CCM, and the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, as well as in the Starling Preparatory String Project in Cincinnati and the internet teaching project ViolinMasterclass Live. As an orchestral musician he has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland and Aspen Chamber Symphony in Colorado.
Recent performances include recitals at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the University of Queensland, Australia. A proponent of new music, he performs many new works, including his own, and has been featured on the Fresh Ink series in Aspen and the Sonic Explorations and Fringe Festival series in Cincinnati. Particularly interested in electroacoustic performance, he has worked with Pierre Boulez, IRCAM Paris, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Current research interests focus on spectral music and the pedagogy of microtonal intonation. Also interested in arts advocacy, DeStefano served as General Manager of the 2010 International Viola Congress and is currently Managing Director of Starling Project Foundation.