Jonathan Bass, piano
Jonathan Bass, a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players, appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician.  He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Esplanade Pops at Symphony Hall on four occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival.
In the 2014-15 season, Mr. Bass will be performing with the Boston Civic Orchestra at Jordan Hall in Boston and with the Atlantic Syphony Orchestra in Braintree, Massachusetts.  He will also be playing a recital of American music on the Shanghai Weekly Radio Concerts series. Mr. Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.  Recitals in other  major cities include Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, San Jose, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C.  He has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", the McGraw-Hill Artists Showcase on WQXR in New York, and WGBH in Boston.  Internationally, he has performed in  Canada, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Russia.  Of his first piano CD, Gramophone Magazine wrote: "Superbly played Bach and Chopin with haunting music by Pinkham."  Of his second CD, Larry Bell's "Reminiscences and Reflections",  Music Web wrote, "Jonathan Bass plays superbly throughout and proves an eminent and convincing advocate of Bell's consistently fine and attractive music.”
 
Collaborative highlights include guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and recitals with many past and present members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  As the pianist and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players, he has performed extensively in residencies and concert series throughout the country, and recorded two CDs, one of the music of Augusta Read Thomas and another of the music of Gerhard Schedl.  His other awards include first prize in the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition and first prize in the 1984 American National Chopin Competition.  He was also awarded the Bronze Medal and the Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, and a doctor of music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he was a student of, and teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.  He also studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.  Since 2008 Jonathan Bass has been the Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, where he has been on the faculty since 1993.