Pacific Union College Fine Art Series features renown solo pianist Roy Bogas on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. in Paulin Hall Auditorium.
An accomplished musician, Bogas was trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and received his chamber music training from the Alma Trio and the Griller Quartet. Bogas was only 14-years-old when he debuted with the San Francisco Symphony. By 19, he was the accompanist for violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and proceeded to play over 100 concerts alongside him around the globe. In 1962, he was a prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, and made his debut in New York and London the following year. He was also awarded a special prize at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Bogas has played with several other influential artists, including Jaime Laredo, Zara Nelsova, Michael Rabin, Ruggiero Ricci, and Joseph Szigeti, with whom he made a number of recordings for Mercury Records. In addition to his recitals, he has performed as a soloist with close to every orchestra within the state, and countless other orchestras throughout the country and around the world.
Bogas is the founder and director of the MasterGuild Series of chamber music concerts at Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., where he also serves as artistic director. He is the director of the Annual Summer Chamber Music Weekend at the Gualala Arts Center near the coast in Northern California. He is principal solo pianist for both the San Francisco Ballet and the Diablo Ballet, and a member of the music department faculty at Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif, where he also serves as artistic director.
A very active chamber music performer, Bogas has appeared in the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series and with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. Additionally, he is conductor and pianist for the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, an all-volunteer community-based orchestra associated with Merritt College in Oakland, Calif, which offers five free concerts each year.