The opening concert of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society is this Sunday entitled "Greg Kostraba and Friends!" Greg is joined by cellist Josh Aerie and violinist Jinty McTavish in a program featuring works by Beethoven, Sowash and Dvorak. WBAA's John Clare spoke with the trio.
Learn more about the concert here.
Greg Kostraba has successfully combined a career as a radio professional and concert pianist. At the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004, Greg’s performances were called “mesmerizing” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and “boldly hewn” (Dallas Morning News), and garnered him semifinalist status. He has also been featured on Performance Today, performing with violinist Paul Woodiel in their arrangement of Bix Beiderbecke’s In a Mist at the New Harmony Music Festival & School, and as soloist with the Toledo Symphony, Chelsea Tipton II conducting, in Kaintuck’ by William Grant Still.
Currently Content Director at WBAA Public Radio from Purdue University, Greg Kostraba previously served as Classical Music Director and Senior Radio Host at WGTE Public Media in Toledo, where he received the Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for “Radio Producer of the Year” for the monthly in-studio performance program Live From FM 91, and produced nationally-distributed specials celebrating the lives and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler. He has also worked at WGUC in Cincinnati and KRPS in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Highlights of Greg’s 2018-2019 season include a CD release with the Sylvan Trio (alongside flutist Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie) of music by Rick Sowash, the American premiere of Carnival 2 by Peter White with duo pianist Owen Hartnett and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with the Columbus Indiana Symphony, a program with Josh Aerie and violinist Jinty McTavish on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series, and hosting – and performing on – live radio broadcasts from the New Harmony Music Festival and School, distributed nationwide.