Dominic Childs is Head of Saxophone at the Ingenium Academy and has a wealth of experience including award-winning international performances and teaching positions with the National Youth Wind Ensemble and Birmingham Conservatoire.
Dom began learning the Saxophone at the age of 12, before going on to study at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester with Jim Muirhead. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Kyle Horch, where he graduated with a 1st Class Hons Bachelor of Music degree. During this time he was a winner of the Yamaha European Foundation Scholarship competition and the Jane Melber Saxophone Competition.
After completing his undergraduate degree he moved to Cologne, Germany to further his studies at the Hochschule für Musik with Daniel Gauthier. At the beginning of these studies he was awarded a 'DAAD Scholarship' from Germany, and in 2010 was awarded a 2 year 'Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship' which allowed him to complete his Masters degree in the summer of 2012. During this period, he has participated in several competitions, including being runner up of the Cologne Hochschule's annual instrumental competition in 2010, as well as being a finalist in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Competition in the same year. He was also the first Erasmus exchange student to study at the Conservatoire de Musique in Lyon, where he spent 6 months studying with Jean-Denis Michat.
As well as performing as a soloist, Dominic enjoys performing regularly as an orchestral musician, most recently with BBC Symphony (inc. Last Night of the Proms), RPO and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He is the alto player in the Forseti quartet, and a founding member of the Syzygy quartet between 2009-2016. In October 2011 the Forseti Quartet were awarded the Carl Pontén Prize in the 4th European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe and regularly perform throughout Europe. Syzygy Quartet were Park Lane Group award winners for 2012, and as well has having performed at the 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the quartet made their debut performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2012.
Dom's first solo recording will be released later in 2017.