UCSB Department of Music alumnus Dr. Pascal Salomon '17 appointed to Westmont College Faculty

Pascal Salomon (photo by Sharon Kayser)Dr. Pascal Salomon '17 will join the Westmont College collaborative piano faculty in Fall 2018. Dr. Salomon will serve as the primary pianist for the Westmont College Chamber Singers, Choral Union, Fall Music Drama Workshop, and Spring Opera production, and will also work with student and faculty soloists on collaborative performance projects. Dr. Salomon received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Summer 2017 from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Professor Paul Berkowitz. 
 
Dr. Salomon has been widely acclaimed in Europe, China, Israel, and California more recently, both as a soloist and a refined collaborative pianist. “Real presence...the wonderful Lisztian sonority is long, smooth and without superfluous effects" (from Bien-Public, France), "Excellent and talented” (from 24-Heures, Switzerland), "This pianist touches to all of the styles with an exceptional ease, either in chamber music or with symphonic orchestras" (from City Theater of Sens-France), “Beautiful sound” (by Murray Perahia). Some of the major concert venues Dr. Salomon has performed at include the Ernest Ansermet Studio at the National Swiss Radio (Geneva, Switzerland), Stravinski Auditorium (Montreux, Switzerland), Toulouse Capitole (France), Chisinau Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), Iasi Philharmonic Hall (Romania), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara. He has recorded two CDs: Pascal Salomon plays Schumann (with ArtRecords) and Czech Portraits for viola and piano (Centaur Label).
 
Pascal Salomon has studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris with Gabriel Tacchino. He has taken numerous master classes with the world-renowned pianists Vera Gornostaeva (Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow), György Sebök, Andras Schiff, Paul Badura-Skoda, Murray Perahia and Jeremy Denk. He was granted the virtuosity degree at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève where he studied with Edson Elias and Nelson Goerner. He then taught at the same Geneva Conservatory for 10 years before moving to California. Winner of the scholarship for young performers from the Société de Musique d'Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), he also received the prize for best French pianist in the Senigallia International Competition Italy), as well as the Honor Diploma in the Maria Canals International Competition (Barcelona, Spain). Pascal Salomon obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2017 at UC Santa Barbara with Paul Berkowitz. He dedicated his research and dissertation to the fascinating topic of Music Phenomenology. Currently, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his family, where is Collaborative Piano Coordinator at Westmont College. He is also a faculty member at SoCal Chamber Music Workshop and Santa Barbara Chamber Music Society.
 
For more information: www.pascalsalomon.com
 
Photo by Sharon Kayser
 
Pascal Salomon (Sharon Kayser)