Amy Domingues



Amy Domingues has a passion for performing music new and old on the cello and viola da gamba. After an undergraduate degree in cello performance from James Madison University led to a freelance performance career in the DC area, Amy honed her ensemble skills as a session cellist, recording and touring with rock and experimental bands in the United States, Europe, and Japan. After more than a decade of singing and playing cello in her chamber rock band, Garland of Hours, Domingues turned to the viola da gamba, an instrument she had long been fascinated by. Following years of study, including master classes with Wieland Kuijken, Paolo Pandolfo, and Philippe Pierlot, she earned a master’s degree in Early Music from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Since then, Amy has enjoyed an ambitious career as a historically informed musician, performing on baroque cello and viola da gamba with groups as varied as The Folger Consort, Hesperus, and The Washington Bach Consort. She co-founded Corda Nova, a baroque ensemble with Edmond Chan, violin, and Anthony Harvey, theorbo. Amy also performs with the early music ensemble Sonnambula, currently Ensemble in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and with Dennis Kane in the experimental/neo-classical duo Domingues & Kane. Amy has received the Peabody Career Development Grant and is a multiple recipient of the Artist’s Grant in Aid from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.  She is an avid educator and maintains a private studio of cello and gamba students of all levels and ages. Ms. Domingues has served as faculty at the Madison Early Music Festival and the Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, and appears on over 70 albums, spanning genres as varied as indie rock, classical, folk and experimental.  She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two cats.