Dominic Perissinotto is one of Australia’s most well-established and respected organists,
widely sought as a recitalist and in association with other artists.

Dominic’s passion for promoting the pipe organ, not only as a church instrument, but also in concert, saw him establish the Pipe Organ Plus series in 2001, which has reached an increasingly large audience with outstanding solo performances and an innovative array of ensemble programmes. At the same time, Dominic has been able to extend his work with musicians and groups throughout Australia and Europe.

Travels have seen him perform in the 2015 Melbourne international Trumpet Festival at the University of Melbourne, the 2014 Twilight International Organ Series at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and have the honour of presenting the opening recitals on the restored Hill and Son Organ in the Barossa Regional Gallery (Tanunda, South Australia), August 2014.

Dominic moved to Perth in April 1998 to become Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle. In this role he oversees a thriving music programme, providing music for Masses every weekend, including weddings and funerals. He directs the Basilica Choir, the Basilica Chamber Singers, and the Cantor programme, sourcing singers from the local tertiary education institutions. His work as a freelance organist spans many Perth based groups. He was made a life member of the Organ Society of Western Australia in 2017, and has been a Director and Secretary of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia since 2013. Dominic teaches a wide variety of students, ranging from school age, university and more senior organists. He was Assistant Chorus Master for the University of Western Australia Choral Society, and has also acted as deputy conductor for the Perth Undergraduate Choral Society and Mandurah City Choral Society.

Dominic was awarded a Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to assist postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London (1991-1992). During his time in London he was awarded the post of Organ Scholar at Westminster Catholic Cathedral, working daily with musicians at the forefront of church music. He gave recitals at St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and Oxford Town Hall, toured Belgium, Italy and England, and has since often returned to perform in festivals around Europe. On returning to Australia, Dominic studied for a Master of Music at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2004.

Dominic has received a number of grants from the Australia Council (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010) and the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA) (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2013) to commission, perform and record new Australian works. In 2012 he was inducted into the Australian Catholic Colleges Hall of Fame for his services to the Arts.

Degrees and Diplomas

• Masters of Music (University of Melbourne)
• Associate of the Royal College of Music (PG) (London)
• Associate of the Royal College of Music (London)
• Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne)
• Bachelor of Music (University of Melbourne)
• Fellowship of the Trinity College of Music
• Licentiate of Music, AMEB

Australia Council Awards

2009 – Commission a work for three trumpets, three trombones, field drum and organ from Brenton Broadstock 
2006 – Recording of a compact disc of Australian works for trumpet and organ with Anthony Pope (trumpet) and Dominic Perissinotto (organ) 
2004 – Present a concert of music for three trumpets, timpani and pipe organ showcasing three new Australian works for solo trumpet and organ 
2004 – Commission a new work from Brenton Broadstock for trumpet and pipe organ

Department of Culture and the Arts Awards

2013 – Funding for the Pipe Organ Plus 2014 Concert Series 
2008 – Commission Cathie Travers to compose a work for saxophone, piano accordion and pipe organ 
2006 – Recording of a compact disc of Australian works for trumpet and organ with Anthony Pope (trumpet) and Dominic Perissinotto (organ)
2004 – A concert of new West Australian music for pipe organ and instrumental ensemble in the 2006 Pipe Organ Plus Concert Series 
2003 – Commission West Australian Composer David Pye to write a piece for solo organ