Odyssiad® - "A Journey to the Performance of a Lifetime"
Oscar Macchioni, a native of Argentina, is a Steinway Artist and an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, professor, lecturer, author and adjudicator. He has been praised by the critics for his expressive phrasing and the amiable way in which he presents his programs. Oscar has performed extensively in his native Argentina, Italy, England, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, and the U.S.A, at notable locations such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Teacher’s College at Columbia University and Steinway Hall in New York City; St-Martin-in-the-Fields and St James's Piccadilly in London, the Querceto International Piano Festival in Italy, and the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Recently, his live performance in the esteemed Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center has been broadcast on radio and television. His lecture recitals and presentations at international conferences have received numerous accolades including the Second International Vernacular Conference in Puebla, Mexico (Outstanding Musical Presentation), and the European Piano Teachers Association (Diploma of Excellence). His book, The Tango in American Piano Music was published by the College Music Society series Cultural Expressions in Music. His debut CD Mostly Tangos: Piano Music from the Americas has been released by Eroica Classical Records, and Latin-American Duos, with violinist Mark Schuppener, was released by Centaur Records. He has published articles on a variety of piano literature and piano pedagogy topics in the American Teacher Magazine and Piano Pedagogy Forum. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Dr. Macchioni is in demand as an adjudicator at state, national and international piano competitions, including MTNA, the Bangkok International Chopin Competition, the European Piano Teachers Association and Piano Examinations Committee of Taiwan among others.
Oscar Macchioni has been sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., the Polish Government, the Organization of American States, and the Leschetizky Association of New York. He received the Music Teachers National Association Star Award, and was named "Distinguished Graduate Student" by the University of Arizona. In 2015 he received the prestigious University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He is a recipient of several grants, the latest one, by the Texas Commission on the Arts through the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department to perform concerts at underserved communities. His degrees are from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), the Krakow Academy of Music (Poland), Louisiana State University, and the University of Arizona. He is a Professor of Piano and assistant chair at the University of Texas at El Paso.