Dominic Alldis is a jazz pianist, singer, orchestral conductor and business speaker. As a conference speaker he gives a fascinating insight into the world of music as a metaphor for a range of business concerns: a conductor inspiring an orchestra, a string quartet striving for precision, a jazz ensemble embracing improvisation.
A teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, with several acclaimed recordings, he performs regularly in concert halls and jazz clubs around the world.
Since 2000 Dominic Alldis has been using music to create powerful learning experiences for people in business. Dominic explores the orchestra and the conductor, the jazz band and improvisation, the composer and innovation. He creates powerful learning experiences that use the metaphor of music to explore a range of key business concerns; leadership, teamwork, creativity and personal development, inviting participants to explore new ways of thinking about business practice. In 2001, Dominic Alldis founded Music & Management and for the past 10 years has cultivated a parallel career as a business speaker, working with some of the world’s leading companies and business schools to create powerful learning experiences that use the metaphor of music to explore a range of key business concerns: leadership, teamwork and innovation. During his seminars, Dominic describes how the conductor can transform an ordinary performance into an extraordinary performance by providing a clear artistic vision, inspirational leadership and a framework in which others can excel. He also shows how musical concepts such as harmony, artistry and performance have a resonance in the world of business. Dominic engages his audiences with musical analogies that invite organisations to embrace both of these cultural metaphors.
His thought-provoking and transformative presentations often include demonstration at the piano, with the option of a live orchestra or jazz band for large-scale events. His client-base is now worldwide and he makes frequent trips to Europe, Asia and the US.
Dominic Alldis was born in London into a family of classical musicians. He began piano lessons at the age of 6 and quickly discovered a passion for jazz and improvisation, playing his first professional gigs when he was 15. In 1982, at the age of 19, he moved to Paris and continued his musical studies while performing on the Paris jazz scene. In 1984, he returned to the UK to become resident-pianist at London’s premiere jazz-cabaret venue, Pizza on the Park. During a two-year residency he played opposite many of the world’s leading cabaret entertainers including Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg, and Bob Dorough and jazz pianists Teddy Wilson, Dave McKenna and Roger Kellaway. During the period 1987-89, he studied composition with Konrad Boehmer and Frederic Rzewski at the Royal Dutch Conservatory of Music in the Hague. In 1988 he was invited by the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam (STEIM) to develop a performance using live electronics and the Yamaha MIDI Grand Piano. He then toured Europe during 1989-91 culminating in an ambient piano album Night Music for Lumina Records.
Since then he has gone on to establish an impressive musical career which straddles the worlds of jazz and classical music.
He has also written two highly successful books, A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano Harmony and A Classical Approach to Jazz Piano Improvisation, both published worldwide by the Hal Leonard Corporation. In 2000, he was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2009 became a Steinway Artist. In 2009, Dominic released his latest album, Songs We Heard, featuring improvisations on nursery rhymes from around the world. In 2010, Dominic formed the Canzona Chamber Orchestra to perform classical repertoire and cross-over projects with leading jazz musicians.
Testimonials “Time and time again, an absolute highlight of our leadership development program is the interlude session with you, Dominic. The chance to sit among an orchestra, to experience the interplay, the connection, the artistry of the musicians is an inspiring and unforgettable experience. Even more powerful are the business insights our leaders gather during the session. Through your delicate facilitation and wonderfully eloquent commentary as maestro, our leaders gain new insights into the power of the podium, the impact of their leadership and importance of truly listening. Quite literally Dominic, you are helping us transform leadership here at eBay.” Beth Axelrod Senior Vice President, Head of Global HR eBay Inc.
“Learning about leadership through music is one of the most creative learning experiences I have ever had. The combination of beautiful music and Dominic’s excellent ability in translating the orchestra’s experience into everyday business leadership experiences is a unique and powerful opportunity for anyone who participates. I have been privileged to be a past participant but I feel equally privileged to bring this to my colleagues at Morgan Stanley. It is a beautiful, moving and educational experience. Bravo!..” Ellen Shedlarz Managing Director, COO, Talent Management Group MORGAN STANLEY
“We were delighted with the very special “Intermezzo” you provided for our executive development program, Maestro: Orchestrating Client Value. Your session had just the impact we wanted, using music as a metaphor to demonstrate key leadership principles. Your creative use of Juilliard students with whom you had no previous history had an added benefit: their fresh talent was truly inspirational and you were able to demonstrate how leaders establish credibility through a shared language and respect for each other’s capabilities. An excellent demonstration of the power of effective communications! Your session was amongst the highest rated aspects of our program…” Elaine Holland Director, Strategic Sourcing, WPP GROUP USA
“By using the conductor of an orchestra as a metaphor for leadership of an organization, Dominic Alldis delivers a brilliant elaboration on the notion of “organized chaos”, an oxymoron shared by both the business and the musical world. Indeed, these two fields need the right balance of rationality and imagination. In addition, Dominic provides a superb illustration of this concept by reconciling structure and creativity in the elegant pieces of jazz music he performs during his presentation…” Concetta Lanciaux Adviser to the Chairman Executive Vice President Synergies, LVMH