Dominic Oelze was born in 1972 and received piano and percussion lessons from the age of ten. He began his studies in Leipzig with Stephan Stopora, continued at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Peter Sadlo, and completed his education in Leipzig as Meisterschüler with Karl Mehlig. Already during his studies he received academy or annual contracts at the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has also been a member of various international youth orchestras, and several chamber music and improvisation ensembles. In 1998, Dominic Oelze was hired by Daniel Barenboim for the Staatskapelle Berlin as a solo drummer and timpanist.
Dominic Oelze is a drummer in the Boulez Ensemble and, in addition to numerous chamber music concerts at festivals such as Salzburg, Jerusalem, London or New York, he performs regularly contemporary solo and ensemble repertoire at the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Pierre Boulez Saal.
Thanks to Daniel Barenboim's support, Dominic Oelze had the opportunity to study chamber and solo repertoire with composers such as Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter, and perform with artists such as Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, among others, as well as in chamber music ensembles.
Since 2007, he has been involved with Ensemble Quillo in rural Brandenburg with a concert series for contemporary chamber music as well as music education projects for children and adolescents. Dominic Oelze is mentor to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, teaches at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin and has been a professor at the Dresden Conservatory since 2013.