Tudor Dominik Maican was born December 16, 1988 in Koln, Germany. At a very early age Dominik demonstrated a great interest in making up his own music. Under the guidance of his mother, he started to compose short pieces for piano solo.
By the age of seven, his major works in composition included a group of five songs for children's choir with piano accompaniment on texts written by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Lyrics like "Homework I Hate You, You Stink," and "I Am the Single Most Wonderful Person I Know," proved to be a tremendous source of inspiration for the young composer. While composing more and more complicated pieces, Dominik continued to study piano, winning major competitions in his age group.
At the age of 11 he was received at the Juilliard School of Music, Pre-College Division, where he commuted every Saturday from Maryland to New York. There he studied composition with Dr. Andrew Thomas, Ira Taxin, and privately with Milton Babbit, and piano with Olegna Fuschi. Over the summers he went to Europe to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany, Ari Van Beek in France, and Dan Buciu in Romania.
In his interviews, Dominik used to say, "Music is who I am." His love for arts of sound makes him a tremendous hard-working young man. His trips around Europe and North America had a great impact on his music as a source of inspiration. The folklore from Eastern Europe and South of France are very much recognizable in his original music.
While a student at Juilliard and in high school, Dominik dedicated most of his time exclusively to study music and complete homework. Occasionally, he found time to practice Kung Fu, and enjoy hobbies such as playing with his dog and hiking.
After four years of studying science and math at Indiana University, Dominik has taken a year off in order to complete five composition commissions. Also, he is working on writing a science fiction novel, which he hopes to complete by the Spring of 2012. It is a huge project to stay focused for his composition paired with writing his dream book, but Dominik does it with joy, and when he relaxes he practices piano and from time to time, he enjoys painting.
COMPETITIONS, AWARDS & HONORS
Dominik has received fifty international and national awards and honors for his work. He received top honors at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory's Competition for Young composers, Italy's Cultural Association's 7th Annual International Competition for solo instrument (piano), Vancouver, Canada International Competition for Choral Music, George Enescu Romania International Competition for Composition, Belgium Deuxieme Concours International de Composition Musicale. In addition, Dominik is a three time winner of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award; North/South Consonances Inc. Call for Scores; National competition John and Margaret Pierson Award for String Orchestra; National Orchestral Composition contest of Fauxharmonic Orchestra, Hamden, Connecticut. In 2007 alone, he was the second time winner of the Juilliard School of Music's Annual Competition for Composers.
Dominik was the first recipient of the William H. Banchs Prize in Composition granted to an NFAA youngARTS Finalist in Music Composition and the winner of NFAA 2007 Jerome J. Parks Companies youngARTS; winner in New Mexico, INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair-Young Composer Competition; New York Art Ensemble Young Composer competition; winner for Music Composition in National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts. For his exceptional academic achievement, artistic excellence, and leadership, Dominik received the 2007 Presidential Scholar and has been received at the White House by President George W. Bush. In 2010 he was the winner of the Golden Key Competition for Piano Solo Composition, Vienna, Austria. Also that year, he won the Third Millennium of Contemporary Music Ensemble's Young Composer Competition.
Dominik has been featured seven times in the Washington Post newspaper and many other publications, NPR radio programs "From the Top", and "All Things Considered" interviewed him and featured his work and achievements. He has been interviewed on the "Today" show and NBC named him the Amazing Child of the Year. Additionally, he has been featured three times on FOX 5 News. As a winner of 2005 Davidson Fellowship for Music, Davidson Institute for Talent Development he was awarded a $25,000 scholarship.
For the 2008 Presidential Scholar ceremony at the Kennedy Center, he has been commissioned by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the United States Department of Education and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) to write the sole original work of music, ever created in its 44-year history.
Currently, Dominik is Composer in Residence Fellowship for four years at Dumbarton Concerts Society 2006-2011 who have commissioned him for a major work every year. Also, Dominik has been commissioned by North/South Consonances, Inc. for a chamber orchestra work, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music for a quintet, and recently to write an opera for Cluj-Napoca National Opera Romania.
He has written six symphonies, numerous chamber music and instrumental works, and a requiem commissioned by Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. Most recently, he has been commissioned by Musica Nova Ensemble of Contemporary Music from Paris, France to write a septet, which opened the 2011 International Music Festival in Bucharest, Romania. Also, he has been commissioned to write a trio for From the Top, the very well-known music show on NPR and commissioned by Davidson Institute for Talent Development to write a choral piece for the ceremony of the new fellows in 2012. His music has been performed in many countries including: France, Germany, Romania, Italy, Canada and United States of America.
Dominik is currently working on a science fiction series and recently attended medical school. He is happy to answer questions about his music and his approach to composition.