Hailed as "a force to be reckoned with" whose music is "broad and expansive" and whose concerts have been described as "passionate and transporting", Duo Dramatique (formerly The Dancewicz-Doucet Duo) is a renowned Violin-Piano ensemble based in Houston, Texas.
Violinist Dominika Dancewicz and pianist Donald Doucet have earned steadily growing recognition for their compelling, eclectic and thought-provoking programs that include significant classical music from every era, as well as excursions into jazz, Broadway and pop.
Since 2014 The Duo hosts a regular recital series at the University of St.Thomas in Houston, where their concerts attract wide audiences and regularly earn the artists standing ovations and acclaim.
The Duo enjoys a growing number of out-of-town engagements in Texas, with performances in Huntsville, Dallas, Fort Worth, Boerne and Missouri City. In 2019 they have made their debut at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, playing a special recital sponsored by Classical Music Institute. The recital was met with universal acclaim, and it was broadcast on Texas Public Radio.
In November 2019 Duo Dramatique pioneered a groundbreaking project titled "Houston Treasures: Five Premieres", which involved commissioning five brand new pieces from Houston-based acclaimed composers (Lavenda, Miller, Gottschalk, Blench, Eryilmaz) and premiering them in a celebrated recital at Rice University Shepherd School of Music.The project was recently picked up by Parma Recordings: Duo Dramatique has been signed to record three of the commissioned works for the Navona label. The album of Modern American Works is to be released in the fall of 2021.
Duo Dramatique's concert programming is thoughtfully planned to communicate with the audience and to carry important human messages. The artists speak before each piece, introducing its context, history and anecdote. Some of the ensemble's programs carry powerful emotional katharsis ("Darkness and Redemption" featuring music by Prokofiev and Franck), some focus on women composers ("Woman Power" with music by Grazyna Bacewicz and Clara Schumann), while other programs introduce unlikely links between composers and their works ("Beethoven Meets the Czechs" with music by Beethoven, Josef Suk and Antonin Dvorak) or folk inspirations ("Origins" with music by Grieg, Szymanowski, Eryilmaz and Bartok).The Duo is especially known for producing theme-oriented concerts for venues like the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where their performances are paired with current exhibits.
The Duo’s engagements include a recital series at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, as well as Smalley Concert Series in La Grange, Texas and the Good Shepherd Summer Music Festival in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The artists have been featured at the season finale for the Georgetown Cultural Arts Recital Series in Georgetown, Colorado, they also performed several recitals for Open Classical Artist Series in Dallas/Fort Worth to enthusiastic acclaim.
Duo Dramatique was featured at the kickoff of the Houston Polish Festival in 2018, where they performed enthusiastically received recital honoring the 100th Anniversary of the regaining of Polish Independence. Other engagements include the Memorial Classical Music Series, the Crain Garden Concert Series at the Methodist Hospital Houston, as well as repeated appearances at the unique Cave Without a Name in Boerne, Texas, where they perform in the Cave's spectacular natural acoustics almost 100 feet underground.
Duo Dramatique regularly engages in outreach activities: they collaborate with the Houston Methodist Hospital System, where they perform healing and uplifting concerts for the patients, visitors and hospital staff at the Methodist campuses in Houston.
The Duo’s first full-length CD featuring music by Edward Elgar, W.A.Mozart and Claude Debussy was released in January of 2018 to critical acclaim in the United States and France. The album is now available worldwide on all internet platforms. It can be also purchased on this website (please click HERE)
Hailed as "passionate and riveting", Violinist Dominika Dancewicz is a native of Poland. She has earned Violin Performance degrees from Music Academy of Cracow, Poland and Rice University (Shepherd School of Music) in Houston, Texas. She has also earned Artist Diploma from Denver University.
She has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. Her recording credits include Dux, Deutsche Grammophon and Navona labels.
She has performed with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Foundation for Modern Music, Opera Vista, Aperio Americas, Musiqua, Shreveport Symphony and the Victoria Bach Festival, to name just a few groups.
She is also on the roster of Houston Latin Philharmonic and the Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (CMI). Ms. Dancewicz has been appointed the interim concertmaster of the Opera in the Heights.
An avid chamber musician, she has performed in an array of music groups in Europe, Asia and the United States.
She is a founding member of the Axiom Quartet, currently the String Quartet-In-Residence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, as well as the renowned violin and piano ensemble Duo Dramatique (formerly The Dancewicz-Doucet Duo). Both groups have recently released their debut CDs to critical acclaim.
In the summer of 2018 Ms.Dancewicz will be traveling to Poland to perform a solo recital at the Moszna Castle.
She will also be traveling to China together with the Axiom Quartet for their first international tour.
A passionate, consummate performer Ms.Dancewicz is a popular recital artist and a sought-after teacher. She is the Violin Faculty at the Music Department of the University of St.Thomas in Houston, as well as faculty for the Houston Youth Symphony Melody Program, where she provides violin lessons to the city's underserved youth.
Pianist Donald Doucet has earned music degrees from the University of Houston, where he studied piano with Robert Brownlee, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied accompanying with Kenneth Griffiths.
Mr.Doucet is currently Faculty Accompanist and organist at St. John’s School in Houston, and Organist at Bear Creek Lutheran Church in Houston.
He has previously held Staff and Faculty positions at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, San Jacinto College--Central Campus, and Lone Star College—Kingwood.
Alongside violinist Dominika Dancewicz, Mr. Doucet is the founder of the acclaimed violin-piano ensemble Duo Dramatique (formerly The Dancewicz-Doucet Duo). The Duo is garnering acclaim and recognition for their compelling, passionate performances and though-provoking programming.
Mr.Doucet is in high demand as recital accompanist, vocal coach, and choir accompanist, and has performed with many of Houston’s leading music ensembles including the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet.