Ph.D. in Musicology (In Progress), UCLA

C. Phil. in Musicology, UCLA

M.A. in Musicology, UCLA

M.F.A. in Music: Piano Performance, UC Irvine

B.A. in Music, UC Berkeley

B.S. in Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

Supplemental Education

Aspen Music Festival and School – Solo Piano Program

Boston University Tanglewood Institute – Young Artists Piano Program

CSSSA at CalArts – Music Program




Pheaross Graham is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. His dissertation makes headway with performance analysis, broadly considering how concert pianists have dealt with respectability in sounded interpretations. He examines and links together Russian Silver Age, 1960s African American, and contemporary Chinese pianism in his research. Extensively drawing upon his background as a classical pianist, he aims to link together theory and practice. He enjoys presenting his research at international conferences.

Prior to receiving his M.A. and C.Phil. in musicology at UCLA, Pheaross was offered significant scholarships at prestigious conservatories, including the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He earned his M.F.A. in piano performance at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied with Professor Nina Scolnik, a leading expert of the Taubman piano approach, which emphasizes healthy, sustainable virtuosity.  Thereafter, he continued formal training at UCLA with Distinguished Professor Walter Ponce, among others.

As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he simultaneously pursued a B.A. in music and B.S. in microbial biology.  At Berkeley, his principal piano instructor was Messiaen protégée Jacqueline Chew.  Additionally, he studied piano with Dr. Sharon Mann and Dr. Betty Woo, both celebrated piano professors of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  His love of the music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff led him to study with Ann Schein, a pupil of Arthur Rubinstein, at the Aspen Music School in Colorado. Stimulating to Pheaross' earlier years were experiences under scholarship at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the California State Summer School for the Arts (at CalArts).  As a child, his first teacher was Roger Eshleman, a graduate of the Yale School of Music.

Awards have included the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and grants from the UCLA Arts Initiative and UCLA Center for Musical Humanities, among others. Pheaross has performed in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed recording artists, including Japanese pianist Aki Takahashi, Italian pianist Marino Formenti, and Scottish pianist Malcolm Martineau.  Additionally, Pheaross has made television appearances as a pianist on several networks, including PBS and Univisión. At UC Irvine, Pheaross served as a collaborative pianist with the 90-member University Choir and the Chamber Choirs. There, he also taught piano to undergraduate music majors.  At UCLA, he is a Teaching Fellow and enjoys teaching a wide spectrum of lecture-based music history/musicology courses to majors and non-majors alike.  He remains an active performer.

Pheaross maintains his private piano studio in the greater Los Angeles area and Orange County. Students of his are competition prize winners. Currently, he is an active member of the American Musicological Society and the Music Teachers' Association of California.  


Pheaross Graham