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International harpist Dominique Piana enjoys a multi-faceted career of performing, teaching, recording, arranging, writing and advocating for the arts in the community.
Born in Belgium into a family of German background, Ms. Piana grew up in a French-speaking neighborhood of the Brussels region and was educated in the humanities, with an emphasis on Latin and Greek. She studied piano throughout childhood at several Music Academies and turned to the harp just before entering the Royal Conservatory of Music as a student of Francette Bartholomée. Within a year, she was hired as solfège teacher in two local academies. Later she also commuted to Paris for lessons with Frédérique Cambreling.
In 1980, at the invitation of master teacher Susann McDonald, Ms. Piana moved to Southern California. Following a brief stint at California State University, Los Angeles, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Harp Performance from Claremont Graduate University under the tutelage of JoAnn Turovsky. She served as Adjunct Professor of Harp at the University of Redlands (from1985) and La Sierra University in Riverside (from1982). After moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 2001, she joined the faculty of Holy Names University in Oakland. Over the years, she has integrated different pedagogical methods into a whole person approach emphasizing the synergy of the musical and personal inner development.
As a solo performer, Ms. Piana has made a specialty of historical recitals. From 1996 she toured extensively throughout the Western States (and beyond) with her 19th c. music and poetry program The Romantic Spirit, designed to reveal the emotional substance underlying the enchantment associated with romantic harp writing.