Meet Our Director of Cello School
Co-Founder, Artistic Director of Park Na Conservatory
Dominic K. Na was born in Seoul, South Korea, to a musical family; his father is a luthier and his mother is a violinist. Dominic attended several prestigious music schools. In Russia, he attended the Central Music School for Talented and Gifted Children under the supervision of St. Petersburg State Conservatory with E.Dernova—alumni of the school include such notable composers as Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. His education in music continued at the Konservatorium of Vienna, Austria, and at the Musikhochschule Luebeck with one of the world’s finest cellists Lynn Harrell and Ulf Tischbirek. Dominic holds a konzertenexamendegree, the highest musical arts performance degree in Germany. His study pattern didn’t stop there; he also studied chamber music with Miguel Da Silva, the founder of Ysaÿe quartet, as well as earning an Artist Diploma with celebrated artists such as Andres Diaz, Eugene Osadchy, and Christopher Adkins in the United States.
Since his debut as a soloist in the age of 13 with the St. Petersburg Radio Symphony Orchestra, Russia, Dominic had performed worldwide, accompanying some of the world’s most talented musicians and performing with a wide variety of ensembles and orchestras, not to mention his solo performances. He performed at many historical performing venues in Europe, such as Bolshoi Philharmonia Hall, Kappela Hall in Russia, KonzerthausWien, Boesendorfer Hall in Austria, Smetana Hall in Czech Republic, and Brahms Institute in Germany.
Dominic has dreamed of establishing a fine cello school. He believes that music enhances the life of human beings, and that music has the power to elevate our surroundings and create a better place to share with the generations to come. Dominic is a tireless supportor of his students because he was also a student once and feels it is his personal mission and responsibility to pass down the rich experiences and legacies handed to him by his great mentors.
It was a dream realized in 2020 when Dominic and his wife Eun Seo founded The Park Na Conservatory of Violin & Cello in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Conservatory provides unique opportunities for young artists by bringing the world of music to every student in the form of world-class instruction, talented guest artists, compelling masterclasses, and performance events.