& Roy Bogas, piano
Almost from the time he
could walk, Roy Bogas
felt the pull of music -- and an uncanny facility for recognizing, and eventually naming, notes.
, who performs for the San Francisco Ballet
and other orchestras, can instantly tell whether a given tone is an A or a B flat or a C sharp or any interval between.
Known as "perfect" or "absolute" pitch, it's a rare ability in adults, even among professional musicians, who typically have what's known as "relative pitch," or the ability to tell what a note is only when given a starting note as a reference.
A student of Ada Clement, Adolph Baller, Hedwig Rosenthal and Rosina Lhevinne, Roy Bogas
received his training in New York and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
received a special prize at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition in 1960 and in 1962 he
was a prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition
in Moscow, making his
New York and London debuts the following year.
In addition to recital work, he
has performed as soloist with virtually every orchestra in California, most recently with the North State Symphony under the direction of Kyle Pickett, as well as many other orchestras in this country and abroad, including the Longview, Texas Symphony
, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City
, the Radio Orchestra
of Ljubjlana, the Belgrade Philharmonic and the Moscow Philharmonic under the direction of Kiril Kondrashin.
Mr. Bogas has appeared at many summer music festivals including the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Sandpoint, Idaho Festival and the Mendocino and Lake Tahoe Festivals, as well as the Gualala Summer Festival of Music, of which he is the founding director.
He is principal solo pianist for San Francisco Ballet and founder of the MasterGuild Series of chamber music at Holy Names University in Oakland, where he is also Professor of Music.