Duo Dramatique

Duo Dramatique, a renowned violin-piano ensemble based in Houston TX, has been hailed as “a force to be reckoned with” whose concerts have been described as “passionate and transporting.” Violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet have earned recognition for their compelling, eclectic, and thought-provoking programs that include significant classical music from every era, as well as jazz, broadway, and pop. The duo’s programming is always thoughtfully planned to communicate with audiences beyond just the musical content. The ensemble creates contexts that introduce deeply affecting stories based on historic, social, and emotional issues featured in the music they perform. 

The duo enjoys a number of engagements across Texas, with performances in Houston, Huntsville, Dallas, San Antonio, Boerne, and Missouri City. In 2019 they made their debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. They are one of the few classical ensembles invited to perform at the Cave Without a Name in Boerne TX, where they play in the Cave’s spectacular natural acoustics almost 100 feet underground. Their other engagements include the Gallery Concert Series at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Crain Garden Concert Series at the Methodist Hospital. 

Duo Dramatique’s endeavors have been featured by Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media and Arts+Culture Texas magazine. 

Their first full-length album with music by Edward Elgar, W.A. Mozart, and Claude Debussy was released in 2018 to critical acclaim, with reviews praising its “warmth and sensitivity,” “subtle and nuanced performance,” and “broad and expansive tone.”

Albums

Crossroads

Release Date: November 12, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6380
21st Century
Chamber
Piano
Violin
True to their name, Duo Dramatique delights audiences with fierce and thoughtful performances of genre-bending programs with an undercurrent of social and emotional issues. On CROSSROADS, violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet perform three original works written to highlight their style and talents. Arthur Gottschalk’s Sonata for Violin and Piano pays homage to great jazz violinists of the 20th century, with echoes of “Bluesette” and “When Sunny Gets Blue.” Karl Blench’s Sonata “In D” For Violin and Piano traverses distinct moods, using music to depict sarcasm, humor, and quiet serenity. Erberk Eryilmaz’s Insistent Music draws inspiration from Eastern European folk music to close out the album with percussive patterns and bursting melodic lines.
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