Patricia Goodson, pianist
American pianist Patricia Goodson is active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. Her playing, praised by critics as 'powerful and seductive' and 'breathtakingly virtuosic' has been featured on radio (NPR, BBC, Czech Radio and others) and television (US, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic).
She recently recorded the solo works of Scottish/Czech composer Geraldine Mucha, to be released on the ArcoDiva label in 2017 along with chamber works performed by the Stamic Quartet. The double CD set will include her performance of Mucha`s piano concerto with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic under the direction of Andreas Sebastian Weiser.
Also in 2017 Atoll Records will release a CD of her performances of solo and chamber works by New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead. The disk also features the Stamic Quartet and oboist Vilém Veverka.
In 2013, Brilliant Classics released her recording of the complete solo piano works of Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster. Only five of the 70 pieces had been commercially recorded, so the four CD set filled a significant gap, and the project, which was partially supported by a successful Kickstarter proposal, earned high acclaim.
Ms. Goodson`s solo CD of contemporary American music, 'Strange Attractors', for Albany Records, received uniformly enthusiastic and positive reviews. Her recordings also for Czech Radio and Czech Television include works by Vlastislav Matoušek, Joseph Adamík, Hanuš Barton and others.
Ms. Goodson has lived full-time in Prague since 1991. Her broad repertoire encompasses music by Czech composers of all periods such as Fibich, Suk, Tomášek, Janácek, Foerster, Fišer, Kapr, Loudová, Matoušek and Dvorák in addition to masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others. She works actively with contemporary composers, and has had many pieces written especially for her.
Ms. Goodson received her education at Duke University (BA, with honors) and at the Peabody Conservatory (MM). She currently serves on the piano faculty of New York University in Prague, and was co-founder and until 2016 co-director of the Geraldine Mucha musical archive.
She lives in Prague with her husband, Ivan Karhan, owner of the Rocking Horse Toy Shop, and their dog Ollie.