Dominic Degavino

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama


A rising young star and passionate performer, Dominic Degavino grew up in Milton Keynes, and started studying the piano when he was six years old. Soon after, he gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music, where he studied for eight years, followed by studies as an ABRSM Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, all under the tutelage of Helen Krizos.
In recent years, Dominic has achieved considerable competition success, including winning the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano d'Epinal in France, the Foundazione Antonio Carlo Monzino prize at the Imola International Piano Awards, first prize in the Orpheus Musician of the Year Competition and prizes at the Brant International Piano Competition and Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition. Recently, he was also the piano section winner of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the keyboard section winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Competition.
He has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond, recently giving debut performances at Wigmore Hall, London, and at the Southbank Centre, London as part of the Park Lane Group’s New Year Series. He has also performed at venues including St. Martin-in-the-fields, London, and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
He has performed with orchestras including the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra, and has taken part in masterclasses with Lang Lang, Richard Goode, Peter Frankl and John O’Conor, among others.
Dominic is also a keen chamber music pianist and accompanist, and his work in this field has won him numerous prizes, including the Elsie Thurston Prize, the Dewhurst Torevell Chamber Music award, and the accompaniment awards for the Paganini Prize and Norman George Violin Scholarship at the RNCM (with Violinist Tom Mathias). He also enjoys playing Jazz, and has appeared regularly with the RNCM Big Band, with whom he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
September 2017 will see Dominic commence studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He is generously supported by Help Musicians UK and a Guildhall School Scholarship.