Praised for her “fluid technique and warm tone,” (The Epoch Times) American-born pianist Pia Bose has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Her playing, described as “tender,” “contemplative,” and conveying an “expressive pathos,” has taken her to prestigious venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Palais de l’Athénée in Geneva, Edinburgh Society of Musicians, The American Church in Paris, and Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, during WMFT radio’s live broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. As a soloist, Pia Bose has appeared with orchestras such as the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the New Millennium Orchestra, the Orchestre Tibor Varga, and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, with conductors Paul Hostetter, Oliver Díaz, and Thüring Bräm.
With her husband, pianist Antonio Pastor, as the Bose-Pastor Duo, Pia Bose was awarded the Second Prize in the 18th International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo. Interviewed on Magma-Espace 2 (Radio Télévision Suisse) and featured in Scènes Magazine, the duo has performed to enthusiastic acclaim by audiences and critics alike. Described as playing with “extreme precision and subtle dexterity” (Versoix Région) and offering “alluring and exhilarating” performances, the Bose-Pastor Duo’s upcoming engagements in 2015-16 include four-hand piano recitals in Switzerland and Spain.
A two-time recipient of the Florida Department of State Artist Enhancement Grant, sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Ms. Bose is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including a United Arts Professional Development Grant, two Peabody Career Development Grants, and a Banff Centre for the Arts Full Scholarship. She was a second-place winner in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in New York, co-winner of the Gijón International Piano Festival Competition, and recipient of an Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition.
A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder (D.M.A.), the Conservatoire Supérieur et Académie de Musique Tibor Varga (Diplôme de Soliste), the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M.), and the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.), Pia Bose studied with Andrew Cooperstock, Dominique Weber, Joseph Schwartz, J.Y. Song, and Marian Hahn. She completed further studies at the Universität Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Austria with Boris Bloch and the International Keyboard Festival of the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada with Julian Martin. Ms. Bose received additional musical guidance from distinguished artists such as Leon Fleisher, Paul Badura-Skoda, Robert McDonald, Boris Slutsky, Bruno Canino, Blanca Uribe, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Marc Durand, Jonathan Feldman, Douglas Humphreys, Paul Coker, and Ann Schein. Aside from her musical training, Pia Bose also holds a B.A. in biopsychology from Oberlin College, where she studied neuroscience and psychology.
A dedicated teacher, Pia Bose has served as Assistant Coordinator and Professor of Chamber Music at the Escuela Internacional de Música ‘Presjovem’ de Lucena in Spain, and on the piano faculty at both Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the University of Texas at El Paso. Ms. Bose currently maintains a private piano studio at the Centre des Arts of the École Internationale de Genève in Switzerland.
Pia Bose and Antonio Pastor, pianists
Photo: Jorge de la Vega