Performer, composer, and teacher
David Michael Bilowus holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in voice and piano from the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he also taught piano. He studied piano and pedagogy with Livingston Gearhart and Carlo Pinto.
He has also studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Music Institute, the University of Southern California, and at the University of North Texas. While in California, he studied the Russian technique of piano playing with Surajeet Chatterji.
From 1979-1983, Bilowus presented numerous solo and chamber music recitals in western New York, including solo pefomances with the Buffalo Pops Orchestra. In March 1983, he was honored with receiving the “Scroll,” the highest award from the Niagara Frontier Folk Arts Council.
While living in southern California, David composed, arranged, and recorded music for the 1989 Tournament of Roses parade, and he performed for the Tournament of Roses Centennial Gala in Pasadena, California, which featured Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, and Shirley Temple.
While in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 1994, Mr. Bilowus performedfor the spring arts festival at the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also invited by the Ambassador of Ukraine, Oleh Bilorus, to perform for an event at the University Club in Washington, celebrating the anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
Mr. Bilowus has performed in many other locations around the world including Ukraine, France, the former Czecho-Slovakia, Greece, Mexico, Canada, and many locations in the United States.
In addition to his extensive performance experience, Mr. Bilowus has been interviewed for both national and international radio programs. During the summer of 1995, Bilowus’ music and an interview about his recording, “Forms of the Ocean,” was broadcast by Associated Press Broadcast Services which aired on over 1000 radio stations throughout the United States.
“Your CD is enchanting,” said Chuck Rice of Associated Press. Additionally, Bilowus was interviewed by Voice of America in July 1995 about his composition, Ode to Ukraine, which was broadcast to the nation of Ukraine on FM radio.
Bilowus has served on the music faculty at universities where he taught piano, voice, and directed choirs, stage band, and orchestra. He has also served as the music director of churches in Virginia and North Carolina. Additionally, he was selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to serve as a distinguished artist-in-residence at several schools in Texas, where he taught students how to compose their own music. He was also selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance to perform throughout Texas and Mid-America.
David is a prolific composer and arranger, and continues to release numerous recordings that are often featured on his website, DavidMichaelBilowus.com.