The Musician - Dominic Derasse, Musician, Outdoorsman, and entrepreneur extraordinaire!

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The Musician

Currently playing in the latest Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54, Dominic Derasse  was born in Paris and grew up in Nice, France. Derasse studied trumpet  with Gaston Cagnon, solfege and theory at the Nice conservatory of  music. During that time he was playing with “Nice La Belle” (a local  folkloric group) at 13 traveling across Europe and even performing at  the 1972 Munich olympics. By 14 he was playing regularly with a dance  band and at 15 played his first professional job with the Nice opera  performing in the stage band for “La Boheme”.
After graduating from high school, Dominic spent the summer of 1976  studying at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute: Young Artists’  Orchestra where he was involved in daily orchestra rehearsals as well as  chamber music and private lessons with Roger Voisin. Some of the  conductors that summer were Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Klaus  Tennstedt. Upon is return to France, Dominic Derasse fulfilled his  national duties in the military service and was enlisted in the band of  the 8th Infantry at the “Mont Valerien” just outside Paris.  While in the service, he studied with Roger Delmotte at the Versailles  conservatory before entering the Paris National Conservatory of Music in  autumn 1977 in Pierre Thibaud’s class. During his years at the Paris  conservatory, Dominic became very active professionally in Paris,  free-lancing in recording sessions, shows, symphony orchestras and  operas. He graduated from the Paris conservatory with First Prize in  1979.
In the summer of 1979 he toured South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)  and Mauritius Island with a brass quintet that included Roger Delmotte,  Pierre Dutot, Michel Becquet and Jacky Fourquet. Mr. Derasse received a  Fulbright scholarship from the “Commission Franco-Americaine” in Paris  that fall and went to Boston to study jazz at Berklee College of Music  for two semesters. This would turn out to be a very important time in  his life. On recommendation from Jon Faddis, whom he had met at the Nice  Jazz Festival, Dominic Derasse studied with Carmine Caruso in New York  City. Mr. Caruso’s techniques and philosophies became so important to  Dominic that he traveled by bus twice a week, from Boston, to study with  the Master.
Upon returning to France, Mr. Derasse quickly became very much in  demand on the french musical scene touring that summer of 1980 with two  french “Pop Stars”: Enrico Macias and Francois Valery. In October of  that year, Mr. Derasse won two orchestral auditions, one for principal  trumpet of the Nice Orchestra (his hometown) that he turned down upon  winning the position with the “Orchestre Colonne” in Paris. In late  1981, Derasse played lead trumpet for the “Broadway” production of “West  Side Story” that was on tour in Paris. In 1982, he became “Lead  Trumpet” of the “Folies Bergere” show in Paris in addition to becoming  one of the most sought after “studio musicians” (List of various free lance gigs in Paris).  Mr. Derasse also was the 1982 laureate of the French National Teaching  Diploma in trumpet and began to teach at the Vernon (Eure) and Vaulx le  Penil (Ile De France) music conservatories.
In the summer of 1984, Dominic Derasse was invited by Roger Voisin  and Gunther Schuller to participate in the Berkshire Music Center at  Tanglewood where he met Charles Schlueter. The seeds for Dominic  Derasse’s decision to move to the United States of America were planted  there that summer. Mr. Derasse made that move on April 21st, 1985 leaving behind his family and his busy work schedule.
In August 1985, Dominic won the position of principal trumpet with  the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina under the baton of  David Stahl and remained there until May 1987 when he made his permanent  move to New York City. Since moving to New York, Mr. Derasse has fast  become one of the most sought after trumpet players and educators in the  area. In addition to his position as principal trumpet with the now  defunct Eos Orchestra, his versatility has allowed him to perform with a  wide variety of musical organizations(list of orchestras and shows).
Mr. Derasse has performed as a classical soloist and has presented  master classes and lectures in Europe, the U.S., Japan, Africa and South  America.
As a soloist Dominic Derasse has performed world premieres of three  works: One by Claude Lefebvre in Germany, 1984, one by David Chesky in  Charleston, 1987 and more recently a work by Eric Ewazen in Paris, 2009.
(list of solo appearances& masterclasses)
Dominic Derasse has played on more than 60 motion picture soundtracks, (List of movies) including the Oscar winning score to“Frida”.
He has recorded commercials for more than 100 different companies and has performed numerous themes for television, (list of TV shows and Jingles)
Dominic’s career on Broadway includes over 25 shows The most recent  show was the revival of South Pacific (only one ever!) at Lincoln Center  where he played 1st trumpet. This revival earned the show several Tony awards and was telecast on “Live From Lincoln Center” in August 2010.
Mr. Derasse was also the Founder, President & Executive Director of the New York FILMharmonic Orchestra,  a 92 piece orchestra dedicated to the live performance of music written  for film and television. The orchestra performed a concert at Carnegie  Hall under the direction of Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith on  October 4th, 1998. The entire repertoire for that performance  was by Jerry Goldsmith. This marked only the second time in Carnegie  Hall’s history that a program was not only devoted to a single composer  but also conducted by that composer. The only time this had happened  before was at a concert conducted by P.I. Tchaikovsky.
Mr. Derasse also served as President of the NY Chapter and  Vice-President of the International RMA (Recording Musician’s  Association) from 1999 – 2001.

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