American hornist Dominic Rotella recently relocated to Chile and made his debut as Principal Horn of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago. As a member of this ensemble, he performs symphonic repertoire as well as music for opera and ballet at the historic Teatro Municipal de Santiago. Previously, he enjoyed stints as a Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and as Fourth Horn of the Louisville Orchestra, and he has played under the baton of many of world's foremost conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Riccardo Muti, Stéphane Denève, Osmo Vänskä, Marek Janowski, and James Conlon. Dominic has performed as an auxiliary member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, and Florida Grand Opera, and has been a featured soloist with Chamber Winds Louisville. He has also taken part in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee and is an annual participant in the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota.
Dominic first played the horn at the age of 14, when he began studying with Louisville freelance hornist John Little. He later studied under D. Bruce Heim at the University of Louisville, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance. He has received additional instruction from a veritable “who's who” of horn players, including Dale Clevenger, Julie Landsman, Bill VerMeulen, Gail Williams, Jeff Nelsen, Sarah Willis, and Randy C. Gardner.
Dominic was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew up in the small town of Holderness, New Hampshire, then spent twelve years in Louisville, Kentucky. He has now lived in five states and two countries and finds it increasingly difficult to answer the question, “Where are you from?”