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Jonathan Bass

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Concert I, 2016-2017 season


Pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, and his solo CDs have received critical acclaim. A Steinway Artist, Bass gave his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall after being awarded First Prize in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (1993). He performs frequently at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Tanglewood. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Russia. He has been a member of the Boston Conservatory Piano Faculty since 1993 and was Chair of the Piano Department from 2008 to 2015.

Collaborative highlights include multiple guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein and many other members of the Boston Symphony, past and present. In addition, he has played orchestral keyboard with the BSO under conductors Roberto Abbado, Christof von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa. 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 has recorded three CDs.

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).

Jonathan Bass has a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with, and was teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. He also studied in Russia at the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 17.