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Dr Dominic G. Harvey was born in Sydney to parents Anne (nee Crowe, OAM, pianist, conductor, master high school and tertiary music educator) and Francis (master journalist, historian, and cellist). His siblings include older brother Michael Kieran (internationally acclaimed concert pianist, recitalist, composer, scholar, and climate change advocate), and younger sisters, Bernadette (international recital pianist, accompanist, educator, and chamber musician), and Rowan (international violinist, conductor, educator, and chamber musician). Dominic's musical education was fine tuned at the New South Wales State Conservatorium High School, where he completed his ASCM with Distinction on horn and piano. After freelancing in Sydney for several years as a first call hornist for orchestral and commercial session work, recordings, shows and entertainment spectaculars, and as a vocalist, Dominic pursued study in the UK. Upon returning, he commenced his Bachelor degree at the former Canberra School of Music.
After graduating the four-year undergraduate degree in three years, Dominic took on the roles of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Horn and Head of Brass at the ANU School of Music until 2012. During this time, he completed his Masters in Business Administration, and in 2017 was awarded the PhD in original applied mixed methodological research through the University of Western Australia's School of Music, under supervisors Professor Nicholas Bannan, Professor Sid Nair, and Professor Jane Davidson. Since that time, Dr Harvey has operated primarily as a music performance conductor for the Show Group (Led Zeppelin and Beatles), as grant assessment and audit officer for the Queensland Government (Advanced Manufacturing), and conductor and mentor for the Orchestra Victoria mOVe! Youth Music Education Program.
Dominic's music performance credentials are comprehensive, spanning solo, chamber and orchestral engagements on horn, voice, piano, and conducting, and outside of strictly classical music including musical theatre, light opera, oratorio, jazz, rock n' roll, popular and folk idioms. The significant teachers he remembers and thanks in his long period of making music include: Ethel Mary Crowe (grandmother, piano), his direct family (piano, choral, and chamber music), Meriel Owens and Marjorie Hesse (piano), Janette Hamilton (theory and harmony), Deborah English, Alan Mann and Anthony Buddle (horn), Philip Pharkas, Meir Rimon, Anthony Halstead, Herman Baumann, Michael Thompson, Frank Lloyd, Hector McDonald, Robert Johnson, Campbell Barnes, and Ab Koster (horn). His conducting mentors include Richard Gill, Max McBride, John Painter, Tor Frømhyr, Stuart Challender, Christopher Seaman, Peter Phillips, and Frederick Fennell.
Dominic has performed as Principal Horn with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and as Principal baroque and classical hornist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He was the long time hornist with the internationally acclaimed wind quintet, The Canberra Wind Soloists who featured and premiered numerous works including the Rochberg Quintet, and beautiful arrangements of iconic works by bassoonist Richard McIntyre such as Ravel's Ma Mere l'Oye and Stravinsky's Petroushka. Dominic has appeared as a solo horn performer with artists such as Graham Pushee, Andreas Scholl, Sara McLiver and Michael Kieran Harvey. He has conducted professionally the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Sydney Sinfonia, and the Canberra Choral Society. Dominic lives in Brisbane with his percussionist wife Dr Mary Broughton and has four children, Natalia, Benjamin, Christina and Kieran.