Dominic Dudley (Instrumental – Strings)

Dominic is in great demand as a solo, chamber and orchestral Double Bass player. After 25 years, Dominic stepped down as Section Leader (Principal/solo) Double Bass with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He now continues his double bass career as Principal Bass with Wexford Opera and INO.

In recent seasons he has been Guest Principal with the RPO, CBSO, RSNO, Oxford Philharmonic, Hallé , Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Swan and the Ulster Orchestra. As a concerto soloist, he has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as well as the Hiberian Orchestra, Dublin City Chamber orchestra and the Royal Irish Academy Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Dominic has played with many leading international musicians, including Nicola Benedetti, Philip Cassard, John O’Conor, the Vanburgh Quartet, the Con Tempo Quartet, the Danish Quartet, Jorg Widmann, as well as numerous chamber concerts with members of the NSOI. He also performs regularly at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Dominic also enjoys playing in a crossover group called meascan (meaning mixture in Irish), featuring the bluegrass music of Mark o Connor, as well as classical and traditional music.

In 2018, Dominic gave a recital at the Bass Europe Conference in Lucca, Italy, where he explored the links between Beethoven, Dragonetti and Ireland. He returned to the Boccherini Institute for a recital in 2022. In 1996, Dominic was appointed Double Bass Professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Since then, Dominic has become increasingly interested in Music Education. He was a Music Facilitator for the NSOI, involving School visits and Workshops. Dominic plays on an English Double Bass by Lott 1820, as well as an instrument by his teacher Thomas Martin.