Jason Solounias has performed across the United States and Europe, ranging from the Kennedy Center to Southwark Cathedral, and including recent performances at Millennium Stage, the Lincoln Theater, Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, Duomo di Almalfi, Junior Soto Recital Hall, The Arts Club of Washington, WETA, Church of Epiphany Concert Series, and the Lisner Auditorium. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.
Solounias began his studies in his home town of Havre de Grace, Maryland with Irene Yeakel and went on to complete his Bachelors of Arts at Shepherd University with Scott Beard. He received his Master's of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America under the direction of Jim Litzelman and Jose Ramos Santana. He has also worked with pedagogues including Emanuel Krasovsky, John Perry, and Leon Fleisher. As a teacher himself, he is on faculty at the Opal Music Studio in Alexandria, Virginia and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is the Executive Director for the Puerto Rico International Piano Festival and co-artistic director of the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.
I have many years of teaching experience and have worked in a variety of institutions including a university preparatory school, as a freelance teacher, and in private schools. I am comfortable working with students of all ages and abilities and I value creativity and flexibility when giving instruction. Each student is unique in their reasons for musical study and I aim to work with the student so that they may get the most out of their lessons. Teaching is the simultaneity of two acts: relating an idea while reliving the excitement that idea's first discovery. In this way a student makes a deep connection to music with curiosity and imagination. I try to challenge my students to be the best they can be and I try to make sure they know that with hard work anything is possible. I also try to keep the lessons fun and find music that they enjoy playing.
Solounias is scheduled to release his first commercial album of the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos. The recording will be released by the Sheva Collection, an Italian record label based at the Villa Bossi.