Instructor of Music
Ivan Koska (Slovakia) earned his first degree in piano performance at the Church Conservatory of Bratislava. In Italy he studied at the Fausto Torrefranca State Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, at the Arts Academy in Rome and at the International Piano Academy in Imola. In the United States he graduated from the University of New Mexico and completed his doctoral degree at LSU in Baton Rouge under the guide of Prof. Michael Gurt.
Among his teachers were pianists as Lazar Berman, Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Canino, Norma Fisher, Lovro Pogorelich, Györgyi Sandor and François-Joël Thiollier. He is a winner of several piano competitions such as European Piano Competition in Villafranca Tirrena (Italy, 2001), Premio Seiler International Piano Competition in Palermo (Italy, 2001), Premio di Roma Contemporary Music Competition in Rome (special award, 2006), and others. In 2006 he was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer master course at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Ivan Koska gave concerts as soloist and chamber player in prominent concert venues and music festivals in Italy, Slovakia, Germany, Malta, Bulgaria, Hungary, United Kingdom, Brazil and United States (Bratislavské Hudobné Slávnosti/Bratislava Music Festival in 2009, and the Festival Internazionale della Cultura/International Cultural Festival in Bergamo in 2010, where he performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana; in 2009 he was invited to give a private solo and chamber recital for the President of the Republic of Malta). His recordings include a CD for Diskant Records containing rare Russian vocal and piano repertoire of late 19th and early 20th centuries and a recording of chamber works by Suchoň, Messiaen and Prokofiev for the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. He also holds a degree in Languages and Literature form the University La Sapienza in Rome and beside his performing activities he translates books of musical interest.
M.M., University of New Mexico; D.M.A, Louisiana State University
MUS 101 — Basic Piano
MUS 105 — Music Appreciation
MUS 169, 170, 269, 270 — Class Piano
292 Talbot Hall