William Baum Masterclass: Dr. Jonathan Bass
Pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on four occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival. He has been featured on many radio programs throughout the country, including National Public Radio’s ‘Performance Today’, and his solo and chamber music recordings have received high acclaim from Gramophone Magazine. A Steinway Artist, Bass gave his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall as the First Prize winner in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (1993). He performs frequently at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and at Tanglewood. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Russia.
Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein. As the pianist and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players (1997), he has performed on a variety of chamber music series and residencies across the United States and Canada and recorded
three CDs. He has also given numerous performances with many present and past members of the Boston Symphony, including his wife, violinist Tatiana Dimitriades, who partners with him in the Boston Duo. As orchestral keyboardist, he has performed with the BSO on two European Festival Tours under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink.
Among the awards he has received are First Prize in the American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition (1989), First Prize in the American National Chopin Competition (1984), First Prize in the National Arts Club Competition (1983), Second Prize in the Washington International Competition (1993), Second Prize in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition (1983), and the Bronze Medal and Mozart Prize at the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (1987).
Bass studied at the Juilliard School Pre-College with Richard Fabre, and later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard as a student of Adele Marcus and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also studied in Russia at the Moscow Conservatory, and at Oberlin College. He has a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with, and was teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler.
Jonathan Bass is a Professor of Piano at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He was Chair of the Piano Department from 2008 to 2015 and Chair of the Piano Department at Boston University from 2006 to 2008. He has been on the piano faculty of the Preparatory School of New England Conservatory since 1994, and he also serves on the faculty of the Walnut Hill School. His students have won many competition prizes, and he has given numerous master classes throughout the country.Information
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