Amy Domingues has a passion for performing music new and old on the cello and viola da gamba. After an undergraduate degree in cello performance from James Madison University led to a freelance performance career in the DC area, Amy honed her ensemble skills as a session cellist, recording and touring with rock and experimental bands in the United States, Europe, and Japan. After more than a decade of singing and playing cello in her chamber rock band, Garland of Hours, Domingues turned to the viola da gamba, an instrument she had long been fascinated by. Following years of study, including master classes with Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo, and Philippe Pierlot, she earned a master’s degree in Early Music from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Since then, Amy has enjoyed an ambitious career as a historically informed musician, performing on baroque cello and viola da gamba with groups as varied as The Folger Consort, Hesperus, and The Washington Bach Consort. She co-founded Corda Nova, a baroque ensemble with Edmond Chan, violin, and Anthony Harvey, theorbo. Amy also performs with the early music ensemble Sonnambula, currently Ensemble in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with Dennis Kane in the experimental/neo-classical duo Domingues & Kane. Amy has received the Peabody Career Development Grant and is a multiple recipient of the Artist’s Grant in Aid from the Viola da Gamba Society of America. She is an avid educator and maintains a private studio of cello and gamba students of all levels and ages. Ms. Domingues has served as faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival and the Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and appears on over 70 albums, spanning genres as varied as indie rock, classical, folk and experimental. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two cats. www.amydomingues.com
News & Updates
It's July 2016! I am so excited to work on some long-term projects like my voice and viol repertoire and practicing on my newly-acquired Jane Julier treble viol. Last month Corda Nova performed an exciting concert of Clérambault's cantata Médée with our friend, soprano Sara MacKimmie, in addition to Couperin's Troisième Concert Royaux. This was part of the Baroque Bonanza II in Washington, DC. I'm looking forward to attending the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave again, after an absence of a few years. I'll be focusing on a special project of a survey of the Cries of London by various Jacobean composers. My experimental/new music duo Domingues & Kane is keeping busy with some local performances, and has been featured on WAMU radio and the Kojo Nnaamdi show. Cello-wise, I'll be making an appearance at my old rock and roll stomping grounds of Fort Reno with the Washington Bach Consort in a special community outreach performance. My teaching roster is partially full this summer, and I'm enjoying connecting with my students in a more leisurely pace.
More news, and fall updates to come!
Amy Domingues, viola da gamba, and Anthony Harvey, theorbo
Amy Domingues, viola da gamba, Anthony Harvey, theorbo
Amy Domingues, viola da gamba & Sonnambula
Amy Domingues, cello
Bret McCabe | "Rockin' the Viol" -(Johns Hopkins Magazine Summer 2012)
DOMINGUES & KANE
"Gut + Voltage: Viola da Gamba & Electronics in Synthesis, the duo’s new album, draws equally upon classical instincts and experimental impulses—Domingues plays her stringed instrument with electronic treatments, while Kane’s gear is plugged-in but never gimmicky. When they get pastoral, it’s not stuffy, and when they drone, there’s almost a sweetness to it." - Joe Warminsky, Washington City Paper