Praised by the New York Times as a pianist whose playing is “really quite extraordinary” providing an “enlivening experience at its best” and displaying “considerable technique” and “superior digital prowess”, and by the Augusta, Ga., Sunday Chronicle-Herald as “breathtaking” and “turning the piano into an instrument of poetry”, Domna Candido has, since starting piano lessons at the age of 4, performed in the U.S. and abroad as a soloist with orchestra, recitalist and collaborative artist to enthusiastic audiences. Edward Rothstein of the New York Times wrote: “Love of the piano and its music would seem a prerequisite for anyone taking up the instrument, but there are few pianists in whose playing that care can be heard. Domna Candido is one of their number.”
Ms. Candido has been a top prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Young People’s Concert Competition, resulting in her concerto debut performances with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at age 7, additional performances with that orchestra several years later after winning the William Ingles Morse Trust for Music Award competition, the Artists International Presentations competition, N.Y. Chopin Foundation Competition, William S. Boyd Piano Competition, Musical Showcase Competition, University of Connecticut Concerto Competition, and was the recipient of the Victor Borge Scholarship, Laurence Korwin Music Competition grant and sponsored by the Institute of International Education as an American representative to the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy. She has performed in many prestigious venues, including her New York City Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (Weill Recital Hall), as well as other well-received recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Juilliard’s Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, and has been a featured artist on WQXR Radio (New York), the Beethoven Festival, and as soloist with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the Miami Symphony Musical Showcase Orchestra.
Domna completed her Master of Music degree and Professional Studies at The Juilliard School where she was one of the few students of Rudolf Firkusny, and received her B. Mus., summa cum laude with Honors, from the University of Connecticut where she was a student of Louis Crowder. Her other influential teachers have been Mme. Nina Svetlanova, Jeaneane Dowis and Donald Currier (with whom she studied privately pre-college at the Yale School of Music). She has also studied organ with Leonard Raver at Juilliard and Virginia Herrmann at UConn and has held positions as organist and music/choir director at various churches over the years, including First United Methodist in Queens, NY. Ms. Candido also received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and is an established intellectual property attorney.
Her festival participation has included Tanglewood Berkshire Music Festival (as a member of Andre Watts’ Master Class); Temple University Summer Music Festival at Ambler (studying with Alexander Fiorello and attending Master Classes of Adele Marcus and Leon Fleischer); Kneisel Hall (ACMI) and the Lake Placid Institute Chamber Music program.
Ms. Candido has over 20 years of extensive private teaching experience, including solo piano, as well as coaching for chamber music and preparation for auditions and competitions, working with students of all ages (children as young as 4 to adults) and levels (beginner to advanced), with particular expertise teaching gifted children, and working with issues relating to technique, and is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the College Music Society. She is a member of the piano faculty at Amadeus Conservatory of Music.