Dominic Muzzi

Dominic Muzzi will perform in a chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

EL DORADO -- The South Arkansas Symphony will welcome Dominic Muzzi to a chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.

Muzzi was the gold medal winner of the 68th Annual Wideman International Piano Competition and will perform Scriabin “Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 in G-sharp minor,“ Brahms “Sonata No. 3 in F minor“ and “Scriabin Sonata No. 5“ for the event.

He began his journey in classical piano at four years of age and started performing in his hometown in central Florida at a young age. According to his biography, Muzzi was inspired to pursue music professionally while attending a pre-college piano festival at Florida State University. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Indiana University where he studies with Roberto Plano, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist.

The Wideman International Piano Competition has been held annually the first weekend of December at Centenary College – Hurley School of Music under the auspices of the Shreveport Symphony Guild since 1950. Judged by nationally and internationally known pianists and conductors, the competition draws outstanding talent from throughout the United States and the world.

Nena Wideman, a former member of Centenary College piano faculty, was the guiding spirit of the first competition and continued with unwavering enthusiasm until her death in 1983. In 1982, the Shreveport Symphony created an endowment in honor of Wideman and established the permanence of this annual event, now one of the top piano competitions.

Each year, the South Arkansas Symphony has the privilege of hosting gold medal winners of the prestigious competition in a special chamber concert in El Dorado. The Symphony extends the competition's goal of promoting excellence and encouragement to young pianists as they embark on their careers.

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