Dr. Bradley Bolen - Piano

Dr. BRADLEY CORDELL BOLEN received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1985 and Master of Music and DMA degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and 2000. His principal teachers have included David Stokan and Nancy Burton Garrett. He has coached with Anton Nel, Martin Canin, Menahem Pressler, and Claude Frank. As a University of Texas Fellow, he designed and marketed a series of highly successful lecture courses for general concert audiences. These courses included: “Ten Ways to Listen,” “The Masterpiece and the Romantic Dream, ” “Beethoven to Picasso, ” and “Piano!Piano!” Dr. Bolen has won top prizes in many piano competitions, including the Eastfield Festival for Twentieth-Century Music, the Fort Worth Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Arlington Fine Arts League Competition. In 1993 Dr. Bolen was one of five pianists, chosen internationally, to receive a fellowship to the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied under the guidance of renowned pianist Claude Frank. Dr. Bolen is an active performer, both as a soloist and accompanist, and has concertized throughout the United States, Mexico, and in Europe, where he served as summer faculty for the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria. In 2003 he gave the first live performance of renowned pianist Earl Wild’s Sonata 2000. As a result, Mr. Wild wrote, “Bradley Bolen is one of the most astute musicians I have encountered in my long career. His pianistic abilities are of the highest level, and his perceptive powers as an interpreter are extraordinary.” Dr. Bolen is also an active adjudicator for events throughout the United States. In addition, he has arranged and recorded music for film, including Touchstone Pictures’ The War at Home, and Erik Borzi’s “Silent Paradise”.