Charisse BaldoriaPhilippine-born pianist Charisse Baldoria fuses Western pianism with her Southeast Asian and Hispanic heritage, and integrates various art forms into a concert experience. Prizewinner of international competitions, she has performed in five continents, establishing a career as a pianist with multidisciplinary interests. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and Hindustani classical performers. Her latest CD Gamelan on Piano features music inspired by Southeast Asia and her CD Evocación features music inspired by flamenco and tango.
She has given a solo recital at the International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music (FIMTE) in Spain, a series of concerts sponsored by Spain’s Ministry of Culture and the Instituto Cervantes, and concerts in Argentina. Awarded a grant by the Cuban Research Institute, Charisse did research at Florida International University’s Díaz Ayala Collection, the world’s most comprehensive Cuban music collection. Her musical explorations have also taken her to Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Java, and Bali.
A prizewinner at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, she was also semifinalist at the Sydney and Hilton Head Island international piano competitions, first prize winner of the Society for Musical Arts competition, two-time winner of the University of Michigan concerto competition, and first prize winner of several Philippine competitions.
Recent compositions include the song cycles Alchemy and The Kiss based on the poems of Denise Levertov and Sara Teasdale. She was a professional composer- arranger for many years, writing songs for large corporations and government agencies in the Philippines. She did composition studies at the University of Michigan with Erik Santos, Susan Botti, and Evan Chambers.
Charisse studied piano with Logan Skelton at the University of Michigan where she did her master’s as a Fulbright scholar and doctorate under full university scholarship. She is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.