Dr. Joanna Sobkowska-Parsons
Office Location: 306 Foster-Tanner Music Building
Email Address: Joanna.Sobkowska@famu.edu
MM, Chopin Academy, Warsaw, Poland
MM, DM, Florida State University
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Sobkowska has served on the faculties of Universidad del Cauca in Popayan, Colombia and Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. She taught piano and performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle and various ensembles for the chamber music concert series, and as a harpsichordist for the early music ensemble Conjunto Dolmetch. She has also participated in the International Summer Courses in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her piano repertoire includes masterworks of the Classic and Romantic eras (Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin among others), as well as numerous works from the twentieth century repertoire (Ravel, Poulenc, Prokofiev, and many contemporary composers).
As a chamber music pianist and accompanist she has appeared with many prominent musicians in a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque music to the premiers of new compositions.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Sobkowska has performed on the concert series of the Warsaw Philharmonic, Poland, at the Festival Internacional del Piano in Bucaramanga, Colombia, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the FSU Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, Florida, and CASMI International Summer Program in Prague, Czech Republic. She also was the solo pianist for a CD recording of Ladislav Kubik’s Concerto Breve for piano and orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Triptych on texts by Franz Kafka for the Col Legno-Qualiton label.
Dr. Sobkowska recently premiered and recorded for the Col Legno-Qualiton label Ladislav Kubik’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano with trombonist Jay Evans. As soloist on the Grieg Piano Concerto she performed with the Big Bend Community Orchestra of Tallahassee, Florida. She is currently half of the Parsons-Sobkowska duo with trumpeter Longineu Parsons and their current CD release is entitled “Sometimes We Feel”.