Dominick Tavella
OccupationSound engineer
Years active1981 – present

Dominick Tavella is an American sound engineer. He has been sound mixing since 1976[1] and specializes in balancing and recording the final soundtrack in its many formats for film, TV, and documentaries. [2] D.A. Pennebaker was one of his college instructors who eventually became his mentor and later connected him to his first sound job. His first Union was as a transfer engineer, later a re-recording engineer, at DuArt Film Laboratory in New York City. There he mixed documentaries and low budget feature films.[3] In 1988, Tavella joined Sound One where he built his reputation among clients such as Paul Schrader, Jim Jarmusch, Darren Aronofsky, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns. His documentaries, Jazz and New York were both nominated for Emmys for best sound. In 2003, he won an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing and a BAFTA for best sound for the film Chicago.[4] He has worked on more than 180 films since 1981.


Film Year
Pi 1998
Chicago 2002
Uptown Girls 2003
Vanity Fair 2004
Infamous 2006
The Fountain 2006
Penelope 2006
Definitely, Maybe 2008
Mamma Mia! 2008
The Wrestler 2008
Winter's Bone 2010
Black Swan 2010
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013
Noah 2014
Rock the Kasbah 2015
The Queen of Katwe 2016


  1. ^ "Dominick Tavella – Soundtrack Group". Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "What Our Members Do: Dominick Tavella, CAS". CineMontage. February 1, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Intercom - Academy Award-Winning Sound Mixer, Dominick Tavella, to Speak on March 23". Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved November 20, 2011.