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Multifaceted musician returns to his African roots

Dominic Daula

The Manchester-based pianist, harpsichordist, and researcher, Dominic Daula returns to his South African roots to perform at the fourth Young Artists’ Concert Series on Friday 26 July 2019 at Erin Hall in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

The ex-Ikey started piano lessons at the age of 12 under the tutelage of Dr Widor du Toit at The School of Music in East London. He established himself as a young pianist of consequence, winning second prize in the Eastern Cape Youth Music Competition of 2011. He matriculated in 2012 from the Merrifield Preparatory School and College in East London.

The trilingual Dominic started his tertiary music studies the following year at the University of Cape Town. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with distinction. His many-faceted interests include tennis, orators' guild, playwriting and English literary studies.

Dr Widor du Toit

In 2017 he won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to study for his Master’s Degree, specialising in solo piano performance under Richard Ormrod. As a recitalist, Dominic takes a keen interest in promoting the works that lie on the fringes of the so-called canonical repertoire.

His recently performed in the United Kingdom in Manchester and Cambridge. In the spring of 2018, Dominic performed recitals in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. As an academic, he has presented papers at conferences in Cape Town and Manchester and serves as editor of the British Music Society’s journal, British Music.

The National Youth Music Foundation has invited Dominic, currently on leave in SA, to serve in the shadow jury of the 2019 National Youth Music Competition that will run from 8 to 12 October 2019 at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.