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AN AMERICAN PIANIST


Brian Kovach is a noted classical pianist and recording artist. As a pianist, the great music critic and composer, Virgil Thomson, described his playing as being "very steady, an excellent pianist". Daniel Webster, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, in reviewing Mr. Kovach's recording of the complete piano music of Edgar Stillman Kelley, stated that he uses "a lively technique with appropriate color and expressivity to resurrect music that has all but disappeared."

As a soloist, Brian Kovach has appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. Because of his love of chamber music, invitations were given him to appear as accompanist for the Pablo Casals Master Classes in Pittsburgh while Casals was Guest Lecturer. In Philadelphia he has appeared as Guest Artist with the New Philadelphia Quartet (members of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Mr. Kovach is an active chamber musician and recitalist in the Philadelphia area and a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra's keyboard/substitute pool. He has appeared with this orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and Charles Dutoit.

At present, Mr. Kovach resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Jacqueline (oboist), and sons, Joshua (clarinetist) and Gabriel (hornist). He and his family have performed many times together in recitals and as members of various orchestras in the area. He is presently n Associate Professor of Music at the Community College of Philadelphia and was instrumental in the development of the Music Major Program at the College.

A list of Brian Kovach's most recent accomplishments includes:

    Solo recording, "American Heirlooms", VAI #1123 

    

    Solo recording, "Edgar Stillman Kelley", Albany Records, Troy #225 

   

    Solo recording, "Henry Holden Huss, Piano Music", Albany Records, Troy # 287

 

    Recording, "Jerome Kern, The Lost Treasures" with soprano Anne Sciolla, Centaur records

 

    Recording "Circus Spectacular, the Band Music of K.L. King", Vox #7541 (features entire Kovach family)

Publication of his own edition of music from American Heirlooms, Kelley, and Huss recording s by Mel Bay Publications (now in progress)

                               

Appearance on WFLN/Philadelphia Orchestra Fund Raiser, with Philip Kates, violinist with Philadelphia Orchestra

Appearance on WFLN Cunningham Piano Hour...performance and interview

Performances of Contemporary Music in Phila. area and Princeton

Philadelphia Orchestra, keyboard/sub pool (as noted above)

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (keyboardist)

Orchestra Society of Philadelphia...soloist and keyboard

Old York Road Symphony Orchestra, soloist and keyboard

Performances at the Curtis Institute of Music

Performances at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music, Rock Hall

Performances for the Matinee Musical Club, Academy of Music Ballroom

Performance for the Community College of Philadelphia's Board of Trustees

Lecture/Performance at the Glencairn Museum (entire Kovach family)

Performances for CCP's Cafe of the Mind, 3 consecutive years

Historic Performance of Louis Gruenberg's music and the Gruenberg Memorial Concert, Free Library of Philadelphia with Philip Kates

Recital series with Xiao-Fu Zhou, violinist

 

 

 

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