On stage, Dominic is not only an extraordinarily talented and virtuosic bass player, but a raconteur and world class musician. Either as principal Double Bass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, per-forming his one man show, or on stage with his long standing musical partner James Pearson, he is a captivating personality.
On screen, Dominic is fast becoming a well known face of classical music television both in the UK and in The Netherlands. His down to earth and witty style is appealing to not only established audiences but reaches out to new ones of all generations.
BASS PLAYER – Dominic is the 1st Solo Double Bass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since October 2008. Voted ‘The world’s greatest orchestra’ by Gramophone magazine, he travels the world with some of the greatest soloists and conductors as well as regular concerts in the wonderful Concertgebouw (concert building) in Amsterdam. Dominic was previously the principal bass with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and freelances with many other symphony/chamber orchestras throughout the world. Dominic is also a very proud member of the John Wilson Orchestra.
SOLO AND CHAMBER MUSICIAN – with his long term musical partner James Pearson at the piano Dominic has performed numerous recitals in notable music festivals and concert halls. He has also performed as a concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra amongst others. In great demand as a chamber musician, he has played all over the world with some of the world’s finest musicians.
TEACHER – Dominic is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He gives many master classes in such cities as Amsterdam, London, Sydney, New York, Helsinki, Beijing, Dusseldorf and Zurich. Dominic also has many regular private students and has been a tutor for The National Youth of Orchestra of Great Britain and The Youth Orchestra of the Americas.
TV AND RADIO – Dominic is one of the regular faces seen on classical music television. He is a jury on “Maestro” both for the BBC and for AVRO in Holland, and co hosting “Het Orkest van Nederland” for RTL 4 in Holland. He has appeared many times as a personality on the BBC Proms, BBC Young Musician of the year and various national, commercial and local radio and television programmes in both Holland and the UK.
ARRANGER/DIRECTOR – although a ‘serious’ classical musician, Dominic also has a great passion for pop/jazz/light music. He has played on many film and TV soundtracks (Harry Potter, James Bond, English Patient, Dr. Who.) and performed/recorded with various pop musicians (Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Seal, Spice Girls, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Wouter Hamel, Giovanca), and is in growing demand as an arranger and musical director. He has his own pop orchestra The Love Philharmonic which is made up of musicians mainly from the RCO.
And via Wikipedia the background information about Dominic:
Dominic Seldis (born 1971, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk) is a British double bass soloist and principal (1st solo) double bass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Seldis attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, from 1979 to 1989. He began as a violinist and changed to the double bass aged 14, studying with Duncan McTier. In 1989, he attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying the double bass with Robin McGee. In 1992 he moved to Salzburg to study with Klaus Stoll at the Mozarteum. As a soloist he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orchestra of St. Johns Smith Square and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and is an active chamber music player and performs many recitals with James Pearson. He is also a regular member of the John Wilson Orchestra. He has appeared many times on Dutch television as soloist including playing at the Gouden Televizierring Gala in October 2017. In 1998 he was appointed principal player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in 2008 moved to the Netherlands (Weesp) to become principal (1st solo) double bass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and gives regular master classes throughout the world. In 2008, Seldis was a judge on the BBC 2 television series Maestro. In 2012 he appeared again as a judge on Maestro at the Opera, a three-part series which opened on BBC2 on 4 May 2012. In December 2012, Seldis is a judge on the Dutch series of Maestro, returning in 2014, 2016 and 2017. He also appeared on ‘Het Orkest van Nederland’, as a co-host, on Dutch TV station RTL4 in winter 2014. In 2017 he hosted his own show ‘de Nieuwe Stradivarius‘ for NPO 2.
Sources: Dominic Seldis’ website and Wikipedia