After brilliant piano studies, notably with Carlo Zecchi, Eduardo Vercelli and Leon Fleisher – for whom he was an assistant at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in the United States – Dominique Weber won the First Prize at the Young Concert Artist competition in New York, as well as the prestigious Kalichtein and Baldwin prizes. He then had a dazzling start to his international career; his immense talent being hailed by numerous critics. His pianistic virtues and powerful poetic performances are portrayed with “delicate but strong sensitivity, a sober respect of style and a sensual subtlety in the music” (The New York Times), “Coherence in each moment, without fault or compromise” (Journal de Genève), “A pared-down style, never adding the slightest unnecessary effect” (24h, Lausanne) …
However, his life as a performer was suddenly cut short following a skiing accident, gradually depriving him of the control of his right hand. From then on, he devoted himself to teaching at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (1990-2020) and at the Tibor Varga Conservatory in Sion (1993-2004). As a dedicated and passionate teacher, Dominique was regularly invited to give masterclasses at international festivals as well as numerous colleges and universities in Europe, the United States and Asia (Julliard School in New York, University of Seoul, University of Saragossa, Prague Conservatory, etc.).
For many years, his physical health was affected by an extremely painful illness, and he only returned to the stage for a few, but memorable recitals. Each performance was a testament to his immense sensitivity, both in power and in delicateness and the luminous perfection of his playing. He committed all his passion and all his artistic integrity to the service of transmission, and touched each student by the uncompromising intensity with which he accompanied them in their quest for meaning, both on their instrument and beyond.
The New York Times
Dominique Weber displayed some of Lipatti’s pianistic virtues, and maybe some of Fleisher as well, a delicate yet strong sensitivity, a sober respect for style and a sensuous subtlety in music that is to often bulldozed indiscrimately.
The Washington Post
Dominique Weber Arabesque was poised with a touch of youthful caprice. His Kreisleriana was thoroughly in keeping with the Schumann esthetic: he conveyed with conviction the explicit emotional schizophrenia represented musically by galloping, fever-pitch themes and wistful, introspective melodies.
24 Heures Lausanne
Dominique Weber a présenté le concerto en fa majeur KV459, l’un des préférés de Clara Haskil. Remarquablement accompagné par l’OCL et son chef Armin Jordan, il a su faire ressortir, avec beaucoup de pénétration, mais aussi d’expression chantante, les nombreux traits géniaux de l’œuvre. J’ai vivement apprécié son style dépouillé, sans jamais le moindre effet inutile.
Le Journal de Genève
Dominique Weber, avec une cohérence de chaque instant, impose sans faille et sans compromis, sa vision des choses en musicien tout à la fois puissant et délicat, pour tout dire, en poète
Le Soir Bruxelles
Dominique Weber, un nom dont il faut se rappeler. Dès les premières notes, l’auditeur est subjugué par ses magnifiques sonorités, sa technique et son intense expression ainsi que sa profonde compréhension et maturité. Son raffinement lui permet de se révéler avec éloquence dans chaque style.