Pianist Jason S. Kuo studied with Martha Wasley at the University of California at Berkeley and was later coached by Janet Guggenheim, whose worldwide concert credits included over thirty years of collaboration with the celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Dr. Kuo performed in public masterclasses of Richard Goode and the late Karl Schnabel while residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been teaching piano privately since 1991, and has been actively performing as an accompanist and a chamber musician. Dr. Kuo also performs as the keyboard member of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and Octava Chamber Orchestra.
2015-2016 season highlights included curating a twelve-concert chamber music series at the Seattle Central Library while collaborating with distinguished Northwest musicians Maryanne Lacaille (clarinet), Kestrel Wright (French horn), Manchung Ho (violin), Shari Muller-Ho (flute), Candice Chin (violin), Andrew Bushnell (violin), Barb Hunter (cello), Janice Lee (cello), Brian Lew (viola) and Shih-Yi Kuan (soprano), performing works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Strauss, Schumann, Poulenc, and more. Orchestral performances included Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta (Octava Chamber Orchestra), Copland’s El Salon Mexico, Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On The Town, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, and world-premiere of Seattle composer Kari Medina’s Songs of the Seeress (Northwest Symphony).
2016-2017 season highlights includes John Williams’ Star Wars Suite, Respighi’s Pines of Romes (Northwest Symphony), Gillingham’s Serenade for Winds, Percussion and Piano (Octava Chamber Orchestra), and studio recording projects of German art songs with soprano Shih-Yi Kuan, Schumann’s work with violist Brian Lew, and an album with clarinetist Maryanne Lacaille.
As a side note, Dr. Kuo is also a former research faculty at University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry. He is an author of more than twenty scientific journal articles and an inventor with several patents in biochemical analysis and cancer research.