“Flautist Meera Maharaj and Pianist Dominic Degavino perform regularly together across the UK. They are Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, Park Lane Group and Tunnell Trust artists. They began their duo together in 2017, having completed their undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. They recently completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, respectively. Between them they have performed at Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Edinburgh Festival and won several prizes. They both share a love of jazz, as well as contemporary classical music, and endeavour to incorporate these interests into their recitals.
Meera Maharaj enjoys a diverse performing career throughout the UK and beyond. She has given performances at the Concertgebouw, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly and Cadogan Hall. She recently completed her Masters with Michael Cox and Sam Coles at the Royal Academy of Music. Competition successes include winning the RAM Flute Competition and the Dutch International Flute Competition and 3rd prize in the BFS ‘Young Artist’ Competition. A keen chamber musician, she is currently a Tunnell Trust, Park Lane Group and Countess of Munster Recital Scheme artist, together with pianist Dominic Degavino. Her duo with guitarist James Girling, was formed in 2013 and as the Meraki Duo they enjoy frequent concerts across the UK. In 2019 they were finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition and are current International Guitar Foundation Young Artists. Meera has enjoyed playing with the Pro Youth Philharmonia and with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She enjoys improvisation and collaborating with other art forms. Jazz and music from across the world is of great interest to her.
Dominic Degavino studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and at the Guildhall School, London with Helen Krizos, Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa. He has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond, including solo performances at the Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, London as a Park Lane Group artist, and at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Concerto appearances include performances with the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra. Dominic has achieved considerable competition success both as a soloist and a chamber musician, including winning the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano d’Epinal, France, and was recently awarded 1st Prize in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, Norway with the Mithras Trio. He is grateful for the generous support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK and the South Square Trust.