BIOGRAPHY, PUBLICITY PHOTOS & RESUME
Piero Bonamico is a multi-faceted musician and educator who received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah University. He currently serves on the faculty of Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to moving to Washington D.C. he has served on the faculties of Green Mountain Valley School, Saint Michael’s College and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
As conductor Mr. Bonamico has performed a wide range of major works including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the U.S. premieres of Christoph Schönherr’s Magnificat, the Groovy Version of Ox, and Peter Schindler’s Missa in Jazz as well as the Vermont premiere of Glenn McClure’s mass Saint Francis in the Americas at which the composer himself performed and remarked that the choir was “terrific” and that the performance was “among the best he had heard.” His arrangement of the songs “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and “Shall We Gather at the River” was featured in the documentary film The Stone River by award winning filmmaker Giovanni Donfrancesco. Screendaily.com mentioned this music specifically in its review “…a catharsis of sorts is provided toward the end by a moving rendition of Brother Can You Spare a Dime by a town choir that includes many of the ‘actors’ we have encountered in the course of the film.”
He has served as music director for nearly fifty musical theater productions including 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, 35mm A Musical Exhibition, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Bring It On The Musical, Carrie The Musical, Cats, Cinderella, City of Angels, Fiddler On the Roof, Footloose the Musical, Godspell, Grease, Into the Woods, Legally Blonde the Musical, Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Little Women, LIZZIE the Musical, Lucky Stiff, Miss Saigon, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Once Upon a Mattress, Ruthless the Musical, Seussical the Musical, Shrek the Musical, Sweet Charity, Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, The Wiz, Urinetown, West Side Story, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Zombie Prom the Musical. In a recent review of Carrie (in which 18 of the 22 cast members were members of Bonamico’s private voice studio), Broadwayworld.com remarked “The cast is vocally strong throughout and the principals are backed by a fantastic-sounding group of supporting characters…. The ensemble of guitar, bass, drums and keyboard is top notch. This production clearly benefits from a skilled creative team including musical director Piero Bonamico.”
Since formally launching his voice studio in 2009 Mr. Bonamico’s private students have been accepted into America’s leading collegiate training programs including Berklee Conservatory, Bucknell University, The Circle in the Square Conservatory, The Crane School of Music, CAP21, The Eastman School of Music, Emerson College, The Hartt School of Music, Ithaca College, NYU, Northwestern University, Penn State University, School of the Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory, Skidmore College, University of the Arts, and Westminster Choir College.
Bonamico made his New York solo debut in The Vegas Show at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street and his Boston debut in Act IV, A Night of Music and Musings at the renowned Sculler’s Jazz Club. The Vegas Show was his third project with New York jazz pianist Gregory Toroian following A Night of Italian Song (2007) and Songs You’ll Know (2004). Of the latter concert, American Record Review’s Jim Lowe wrote: “...Vocally Bonamico is always attractive, and in songs like the Kurt Weill- Maxwell Anderson “September Song” and the Lerner and Loewe “On the Street Where You Live,” his mellifluous tenor was applied expressively and attractively… the meaning of each song clearly conveyed to the receptive standing-room-only house.” In 2009 he was a featured act in the Provincetown cabaret festival alongside cabaret legends Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso and was invited to participate in the prestigious International Cabaret Conference at Yale in August 2010. Mr. Bonamico made his theatrical debut in 2005 as “Jamie” in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and played the role of “Chris” in a concert version of Miss Saigon in 2007.
Bonamico served as co-author with conductor Donald Neuen on the collegiate textbook Choral Concepts published by Wadsworth in January 2002, and was editor or co-author of many other publications including: Artistic Musical Conducting (Neuen, DVD, 2003), Empower the Choir (Neuen, Textbook, 2004), Choral Excellence for Treble Voices (Marie Stultz, Textbook, 2006) and Success for Adolescent Singers (Patrick Freer, DVD, 2006).