Driven by a pursuit to reconcile his deep interests in both history and music, Dominic Giardino has been exploring the world of early music as an administrator, performer, and researcher since his high school days in Key West, FL. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music, Dominic moved to the Netherlands in 2016 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to study historical clarinets with Eric Hoeprich at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Upon graduating with his Master of Music in 2018, he returned to United States where he worked concurrently with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble. Dominic joins Arizona Early Music after serving on administrative and production teams of the Eastman Community Music School (Rochester, NY), Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), the Beethoven Festival of The Hague (The Hague, Netherlands), The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA), Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble (Charlottesville, VA), and Early Music America.
As a clarinetist, Dominic has been heard with The Kingsbury Ensemble (St. Louis, MO), Grand Harmonie (Boston, MA), Capricornus Consort Basel (Basel, Switzerland), the Arcadia Players (Northampton, MA), Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester (The Hague, Netherlands), the Eastman Wind Ensemble (Rochester, NY), and the Eastman Wind Ensemble Harmonie (Rochester, NY), with whom he traveled to Europe in 2016 for the ensemble’s premiere European tour. He has also appeared on NPR’s From The Top twice, in 2012 and 2014.
Since taking up historical clarinets and chalumeaux full time in 2016, Dominic has enjoyed performing as a chamber and orchestral musician, as well as a soloist. Some highlights from the last several years include a performance of Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in f-minor, Op. 73, a yearlong apprenticeship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London, UK), and a performance of Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A-Major, K. 581, at the residence of the Dutch consulate in New York City as a part of a joint fundraiser between the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program.
Dominic, a passionate advocate for the study and performance of historical American music, has been the solo clarinetist with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band since 2013. He can be heard performing G. F. Carney’s arrangement of Ernesto Cavallini’s Fantasia “La Sonnambula” for solo clarinet and military band on the ensemble’s latest album, The Gilded Age: Late 19th Century Music for American Wind Band.
In addition to his work as an administrator and freelance historical clarinetist, Dominic is an independent researcher specializing in early-American military music. He currently lives in New Haven, CT, with his partner, Dolly, and their cat, Scarlet.