Dr. Jonathan Bowman teaches applied piano at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. He received a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Douglas Humpherys.
Dr. Bowman began piano studies at the age of 8. He and his siblings played with such enthusiasm that they often broke strings on their living room piano. Still noted for his energetic and incisive style, Dr. Bowman has performed around the United States as well as Germany, Italy, and Japan (and, perhaps most importantly, Disney World). His areas of academic emphasis include Baroque performance practice, the church music of Franz Liszt, and the piano music of Italy’s “generazione dell'ottanta”.
As a high school student Dr. Bowman won the inaugural Eastman International Young Artist Piano Competition. Twelve years later, while pursuing his DMA at Eastman, he was delighted to see the other side of the competition in the role of assistant artistic director. Other favorite musical memories include twice winning the Gina Bachauer International Piano Teams Competition and performing as a finalist at the 2005 national MTNA competition.
Dr. Bowman's favorite way to make music is in ensembles. He has been heard on the radio presenting new music for two pianos, performed Mozart's Concerto No. 21 with the Southwest Symphony, and has played with the Eastman Composers' Sinfonietta, the Eastman Chorale, and the Brigham Young University Men's Chorus. He spent the summer of 2013 as an artist-in-residence with the Silver Bay String Quartet.
Dr. Bowman is indebted to his teachers: Craig Evans of Santaquin, Utah; Paul Pollei and Scott Holden at Brigham Young University; William Grant Nabore at the Argerich Academy on Lake Como; and Douglas Humpherys at Eastman. He is also indebted to his students who continue to teach him so much about music and life..
Listen to some of Dr. Bowman's recent recordings.