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Violinist Domenic Salerni is a member of the New York-based Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet. He is also a frequent guest of the Chiarina Chamber Players, based in Washington, DC, and is active as a chamber musician, clinician, composer, and arranger.
Attacca Quartet has released four new albums in the past two years. "Evergreen," on Nonesuch, features the music of Caroline Shaw, and received the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble this year. "Real Life," an electronica album, and "Of All Joys," an exploration of minimalist and Renaissance music, can be found on Sony Classical. "Becca Stevens | Attacca Quartet," featuring originals and arrangements by singer-songwriter Becca Stevens, can be found on GroundUp Music, and was nominated for a Grammy this year. Attacca released “False we Hope” on Better Company Records of the music of Ellis Ludwig-Leone this fall.
Attacca has resumed their touring schedule, having visited Europe, South America, and Japan this past year, and are looking forward to their Paris debut at the Theatre de la Ville this April in addition to more concertizing in the States and abroad. Original music by Attacca Quartet can be heard on the podcast “The Sound: Mystery of Havana Syndrome,” co-produced by Brazen and Goat Rodeo Productions.
As a member of the Chiarina Chamber Players, Domenic was a recipient of a 2020 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant and performed a new work by composer Carlos Simon with Peabody Conservatory bass faculty Carl DuPont in April 2022. Attacca launched Chiarina's 8th season this past fall with two appearances at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in addition to community engagements in the Capitol Hill schools. This residency was made possible with support from the John Franzén Award and the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.
In 2020, as part of his response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Domenic helped set up the Philadelphia Musicians Relief Fund as part of AFM Local 77’s efforts to provide for its community of musicians in times of need. The Fund has since raised over $100,000, is now fiscally sponsored by CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, and continues to support Philadelphia area musicians.
In 2019, Domenic performed his original film accompaniment to Giuseppe de Liguoro’s “Dante’s Inferno” as part of a consortium between the Film Studies, French and Italian Department, and the Center for Creativity and the Arts at Emory University. In summer of 2021 a one-movement string quartet, “Trilobites,” after a short story by Breece D. J. Pancake, was premiered at the first inaugural Appalachian Chamber Music Festival in Harpers Ferry, WV. Domenic looks forward to the premiere this season of a suite of protest songs from the first Civil Rights Era by the Palaver Strings and tenor Nicholas Phan.
Domenic was the first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, quartet-in-residence at West Chester University of Pennsylvania from 2016-2020, and was the recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program’s Aspire Award in 2019. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Yale University School of Music. Past awards include ArtsATL’s “30 Under 30” Award, the Yale Chamber Music Society Award, the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Award, Finalist of the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, and Finalist of the M Prize as a member of the band Foundry.