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, Greg’s performances were called “mesmerizing” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and “boldly hewn” (Dallas Morning News), and garnered him semifinalist status. His 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 Content Director 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 produced and been featured as a pianist on several recordings, including “Trio Quelque Chose: Works for Horn, Piano & Violin” (Kickshaw Records), supported in part by an Indiana Arts Commission grant, “Vistas” and “A Christmas Gift” (Rick Sowash Publishing), and the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD (Cambria Master Recordings), for which he also arranged two of the pieces.
As a concerto soloist, Dr. Kostraba has appeared with such conductors as Chelsea Tipton II, Nicholas Palmer, Crafton Beck, Anne Harrigan, Jay Gephart and Andy King. An avid chamber musician, Greg has performed with the Trio Quelque Chose, the Tecumseh Trio, flutist Pamina Blum, English hornist Miriam Jakes Fournet, violinist Allison Edberg and violist Amy Brandfonbrener.
Greg has performed throughout the Midwest, including appearances with orchestras in Indiana (Lafayette and Purdue Symphonies) and Ohio (Toledo, Lima, Perrysburg, and University of Toledo Symphonies), as well as the Monroe County (Michigan) Community College/Community Band. He has also given solo piano and chamber music performances at the 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, 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 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 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.