Greg Kostraba has successfully combined a career as a radio professional and concert pianist. At the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004, Greg’s performances were called “mesmerizing” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and “boldly hewn” (Dallas Morning News), and garnered him semifinalist status. His 2006 performance of Kaintuck’ by William Grant Still with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Tipton II conducting, was broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Currently Program Director and Interim Station Manager at WBAA Public Radio from Purdue University. Greg formerly served as Classical Music Director and Senior Radio Host at WGTE Public Media in Toledo. While there, he received the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for “Radio Producer of the Year” for the monthly in-studio performance program Live From FM 91, and produced nationally-distributed special programs celebrating the lives and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler. He has also worked at KRPS in Pittsburg, Kansas and at WGUC in Cincinnati.
Greg has been featured on recordings of music by Rick Sowash and William Grant Still, and produced the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on Cambria Master Recordings. He received a 2011 Indiana Arts Commission grant to make a recording with his horn trio Quelque Chose. Highlights of his 2012-2013 season included recitals with violinists Allison Edberg and Jinty McTavish, violist Amy Brandfonbrener and hornist Andy King, and narration of Babar the Elephant by Francis Poulenc and Russell Peck’s Jack and Jill on Bunker Hill with the Lafayette (IN) Symphony Orchestra.
Greg has performed throughout the Midwest, including appearances with orchestras in Ohio (Toledo, Lima, Perrysburg, and University of Toledo Symphonies) and Indiana (Lafayette and Purdue Symphonies), and the Monroe County (Michigan) Community College/Community Band. He has also given solo piano and chamber music performances at the 2008 William Grant Still Festival in Dayton, OH, Ohio State University-Lima campus, Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, Owens Community College, Adrian College, Oakland University, and St. Joseph’s College in addition to the Great Gallery of the Toledo Museum of Art, the Performing Arts Series at Firelands, Defiance Community Cultural Council Performance Series, the St. Roch Chamber Music Festival in Caseville, MI, the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music Toledo.
Dr. Kostraba also founded and served as President & Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana, and Chamber Music Toledo. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a degree in international relations from American University in Washington, DC. He has studied piano and chamber music with Dorothy Bolognini, Alan Mandel, Richard Morris, Sandra Rivers, and the late Richard Fields, and participated in master classes with Eugene Istomin as well as members of the La Salle, Audubon, and Tokyo String Quartets.