Dominic Rotella

Principal Horn

Dominic Rotella is thrilled to join the Richmond Symphony as its new Principal Horn. Previously, he played two seasons as Principal Horn of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago (Chile) and has held positions with the Louisville Orchestra, New World Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has made guest appearances with dozens of professional ensembles.

Some of which include the premier symphony orchestras of Chicago, Houston, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Fort Worth. In the summers, Dominic performs with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in New York and at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota..

Initially a trumpet player, Dominic first played the horn at the age of 14 under the guidance of freelance hornist and music teacher John Little. He later studied under professor 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 number of esteemed teachers and performers, including Julie Landsman, Randy C. Gardner, Sarah Willis, and Peter Kurau. Most recently, he completed three semesters of graduate coursework at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of world-renowned horn pedagogue William VerMeulen.

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 seven states and two countries and finds it increasingly difficult to answer the question, “Where are you from?