Second-prize winners of the 18th International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, Japan, pianists PIA BOSE and ANTONIO PASTOR have been described as two pianists who "seem in perfect harmony and ideally complement each other." (Versoix Région). The pianists began their collaboration in 2009 with a performance during the Crumb at 80-Celebratory Festival held at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the U.S. and have since received praise for their "extreme precision and subtle dexterity" and their "alluring and exhilarating" performances as a four-hand piano duo. American-Swiss pianist Pia Bose and Spanish-Swiss pianist Antonio Pastor officially formed the Bose-Pastor Duo in 2012.
In 2014, the duo performed before a full house at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, as part of St. Martin’s Embassy Series, and upon the recommendation of the Embassy of Spain's Office of Cultural and Scientific Affairs. Other notable performance highlights include: the Iberian and Latin American Music Society at St. James’s Piccadilly and the St. Barnabas Lunchtime Concerts in London, the Atelier Concert Series at The American Church in Paris, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians in Scotland, and PianoCity Milano in Italy. The Bose-Pastor Duo performs regularly in Switzerland and has appeared at venues such as Fondation HEIM, Festival MusiCologny, the Lyceum Club International, Festival GISFAM, and the first edition of PianoFest Moudon. Interviewed on Magma-Espace 2 (Radio Télévision Suisse) and featured in the May 2015 issue of Scènes Magazine, the duo performed the inaugural concert for the association Amigos de España at the Centre Musical Robert Dunand in Carouge, Switzerland, to an enthusiastic audience that included guest of honor Mr. Bernardo de Sicart Escoda, the former Ambassador of Spain in Switzerland.
With a special interest in performing for charitable causes, the Bose-Pastor Duo has offered concerts for organisations such as the Swiss-based Association Graine d’Affection, whose support benefits an orphanage for underprivileged children in Ecuador. The duo’s frequent performances in Geneva during Musique et Vie’s Concerts d'été en Vieille-Ville have benefited numerous other causes that aid disadvantaged children and adults: the Serey Sophon School of Khmer Art and Culture in Cambodia, Myanmar’s New Children’s Choir, Geneva's « MusicEnsemble », a project led by the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, and the organization ATD Quart Monde Suisse (“Agissons Tous pour la Dignité”), whose mission is to bring awareness to and end extreme poverty.
As soloists, Pia Bose and Antonio Pastor have performed in the United States and in Europe, at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the Palais de l’Athénée in Geneva, and Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, as part of a live broadcast of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts on WMFT radio. A graduate of the Peabody Institute (Master of Music), Oberlin Conservatory (Bachelor of Music), and the University of Colorado (Doctor of Musical Arts), Pia Bose studied with Andrew Cooperstock, Marian Hahn, Joseph Schwartz, and J.Y. Song. Ms. Bose also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biopsychology from Oberlin College. Antonio Pastor holds degrees from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (Diplôme d’Enseignement) and the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid (Profesor Superior de Piano), and his former teachers include Andrew Cooperstock, Sébastien Risler, and Fernando Puchol.
Pia Bose and Antonio Pastor each obtained the Diplôme de Soliste at the Conservatoire Supérieur et Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland, where they were privileged to study with the late pianist Dominique Weber.
Deeply committed to teaching, Ms. Bose and Mr. Pastor are long-time members of the piano faculties of the École Internationale de Genève and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, respectively. They are married to each other and reside in Geneva, Switzerland with their daughter, Ella, and English Cocker Spaniel, Airos.
"Alluring and exhilarating!"
-John Bryden, pianist
"La dextérité et la subtilité du jeu des deux pianistes ont été grandioses...Pia Bose et Antonio Pastor semblent en parfaite osmose et se complètent idéalement. "
Alexandre Fradique, Versoix Région