Jonathan Bowman joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in 2013 after completing advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Bowman has performed as a soloist around the United States as well as Germany, Italy, and Japan. 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 memories include twice winning the Gina Bachauer International Piano Teams Competition and performing as a finalist at the national MTNA competition.
Dr. Bowman is sought-after as a clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator. Recent engagements include the New York State Music Teachers Association, the Missouri State Music Teachers Association, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, the Nazareth College Bach Competition, and the Kankakee Young Artist Piano Competition.
Dr. Bowman's favorite way to make music is in ensembles. He has been heard on Chinese 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 spends summers as an artist-in-residence with the Silver Bay String Quartet. His favorite partners, however, are his violinist wife and their three children.
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.