Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Harpsichord Concerto. Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan, and he has also served as Visiting Faculty at the University of North Carolina. In 2012 he was appointed Research Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music.
Vocal coach and collaborative pianist, Lynn Kompass, joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2002. Currently an associate professor, she provides musical preparation for all productions performed by Opera at USC and teaches courses in song literature and advanced diction for singers.
Lynn Kompass has appeared in venues across the country including Weill Recital Hall and the Nicholas Roerich Museum (N.Y.C.), the Strings in the Mountain Festival (Colorado), Harold Washington Library (Chicago), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) and various other chamber music series in North and South Carolina. She has also given recitals at numerous colleges and conservatories nationwide, including the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, Eastman School of Music, University of Tennessee, Western Michigan University, University of Florida and James Madison University. For five summers she was engaged as a pianist for the prestigious Steans Vocal Institute in residence at the Ravinia Music Festival. During this time she played in numerous voice recitals and for masterclasses given by Christoph Eschenbach, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Allen, Barbara Bonney and many others. Upcoming collaborative recitals include tours of both Northeastern Brazil and Northern Thailand in the spring and summer of 2012.
As a coach/repetiteur, Ms. Kompass has worked at the Festival de Musique de St-Barthelemy in the French West Indies, as well as Chicago Opera Theater, Aspen Opera Theater, University of Tennessee and Opera Brasil in São Luis, Brazil. She has also given masterclasses and clinics at SUNY Potsdam, Florida State University, Charleston Southern University, Western Michigan University and Emory University.
Ms. Kompass holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan where she studied with Martin Katz. In addition, she has worked with legendary coach/accompanist Martin Isepp at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, and with Margo Garrett, Roger Vignoles, and Warren Jones at the Steans Institute.