Competition: US & Canada
David Dominique is a composer, performer and writer who has presented his work, as a bandleader and a soloist, across the United States and in Europe, and has authored numerous pieces of political journalism. Currently, he is composing a multimedia opera set in Richmond, Virginia. The opera synthesizes materials and observations from the literary and musical Black Radical Tradition, historical research, including the history of Nineteenth Century revolts against Virginia enslavers, and Dominique’s own activism and journalism. His most recent album, “Mask,” received widespread acclaim, including praise from NPR, LA Times, Jazz Times, and The National Sawdust Log. His 2013 ensemble album, “Ritual,” received praise from the Boston Globe, Downbeat Magazine and New Music Box. In 2021, he was named a Harvard Radcliffe Fellow, received a New Music USA Creator Development Grant, and the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Previous recognitions include the Aaron Copland Fellowship from MacDowell, and residencies and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Music Center, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, and many more. Dominique holds a PhD from Brandeis University, where his advisors were David Rakowski and Eric Chasalow. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at William & Mary.