Dominique Piana, harpist

Dominique Piana, harpist

 Livermore, California, USA

Classical harpist Dominique Piana returns to the scene with The Romantic Spirit, a recital program featuring many resurrected works from other eras as well as her own compositions. Enter a world of infinitely varied expression, from the epic to the tender, the otherworldly to the life-affirming.


Dominique Piana, harp

A Performer’s Biography – Spring 2011

Dominique Piana grew up bicultural (French and German) in Belgium, where she majored in harp at the Brussels Conservatory of Music. After moving to Southern California to study with master teacher Susann McDonald, she earned an M.A. in harp performance at Claremont Graduate University, under the tutelage of JoAnn Turovsky. From 1986, she taught at the University of Redlands and at La Sierra University in Riverside; since 2001 she is on the faculty of Holy Names University in Oakland. She maintains a private studio in Livermore and has given lectures and master classes nationwide and in Europe.

As a performer Dominique has made a specialty of historical recitals. She has presented "The Romantic Spirit", a solo program of 19th century music and poetry, in concert tours throughout the United States and abroad. She was on the touring roster of the California Arts Council until its demise. She has also explored extensively the duo repertoire in several combinations, with violinist Sherry Kloss in the 1990’s, and more recently with flutist Jeffery Pelletier and singer Greg Allen Friedman.

Dominique founded the Pleasanton Chamber Players (a flexible group of 10 or more musicians and singers) in 2003 and, as artistic director, continues to program the classics as well as unjustly forgotten repertoire. Over the years, she has premiered works written specifically for her by Alexandra Pierce (Caryatids), by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz for her Redlands harp ensemble (Venezolana), and by Helena Michelson for her chamber group (“softly through the night…memories of music…”).

Dominique also revived works with orchestra such as the Concerto by Joseph Jongen (five performances in Southern California in 1991-92) and the Ballade by Alberstoetter in her own edition (with the Livermore-Amador Symphony in December 2007). With the help of famous Liszt scholar Alan Walker, she unearthed the evidence for Liszt's interest in the harp and harpists and premiered numerous transcriptions of suitable piano works, including Liebesträume (the set of three in Posse’s transcription) and Liszt’s symphonic poem Orpheus (in her own arrangement from the Saint-Saëns trio version). Her present solo program reflects her latest explorations in the evolution of harp writing and opens a new window into the late-romantic German idiom.

Dominique has released 3 CD's: Lulling the Soul, The Harp of King David and Beyond Dreams. She writes frequently on harp literature for the American Harp Journal, and has edited and published over 120 titles of music ranging from baroque to modern through her company Harpiana Publications. She is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music since 1990 and curates the classical series at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton since 2010.

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Beyond Dreams, The Spirit of Romanticism
The Harp of King David, Song of Longing and Hope
Lulling the Soul, Carols of Love and Wonder

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Set List

Dominique Piana, harp

The Romantic Spirit

Repertoire Spring 2011

-Prelude #10 in A minor J.B. Krumpholtz (1742 – 1790)

-Cadenza from Lucia di Lammermoor, arr. Grandjany Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

-Scenes of My Youth, op. 42 or The pleasures and sorrows of an Artist Elias Parish Alvars (1808-1849)
Romance #1
Mottos: “You are truly cruel if you do not feel pain
Thinking about what was announced to my heart
And if you do not weep because of it, what will make you weep?”
“Love, who remits no love to the lover,
took me with such great desire for him,
that, as you see, it still holds me.” (Dante Alighieri)
Romance #2
Motto: “I saw thee weep---“ from Byron’s Hebrew Melodies
Romance #3
Motto: “It was enough for me to be,
So near to hear and ---oh! to see
The being whom I loved the most.” (Byr