Anthony Bonamici, Pianist
Anthony Bonamici is an American pianist born in Livonia, Michigan. As a child, Anthony studied piano with professor Donald Morelock at the Schoolcraft College Piano Preparatory program and music composition with Professor Andrew Meade at the University of Michigan. During this time, Anthony performed solo recitals and participated in numerous competitions, winning first place in the MTNA national piano competition and first place in the international BMI Student Composer Awards competition for his piano concerto.
After one year of study at Rice University in Houston with pianist John Perry, Anthony moved to Russia and became a full-time student at the Moscow conservatory studying piano with Naum Shtarkman. After four years in Moscow, he continued his studies at the St. Petersburg conservatory receiving master degrees in both piano performance and music composition under the tutelage of teachers Elena Shishko and Boris Tishchenko.
In 2007, Anthony began teaching piano and chamber music at the Russian State Pedagogical University named after A. I. Herzen. He was invited to join their faculty after collaborating with a clarinetist from the Mariinsky Theater and winning first prize in their international chamber music competition. At about the same time, in 2008, Anthony opened his own business in St. Petersburg. The “Bonamici Clavecins” workshop built, restored and maintained harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments. Bonamici’s harpsichords are now owned by many professional concert halls and educational institutions in Russia, among which are the Mariinsky Theater, the Mussorgsky Theater, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Conservatory, and many more.
After being a professor for nine years, Anthony made the decision to once again become a student. He moved to New York City where he studied two years under the tutelage of his longtime idol, the great American pianist Richard Goode. In New York, Anthony completed an Artist diploma at the Mannes School of Music.
Anthony regularly performs chamber music and solo recitals. He has collaborated with principal members of the Mariinsky Symphonic Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphonic Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. He has given performances at many of the prestigious concert halls in Russia and just recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.