Oscar Macchioni, a native of Argentina, is an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, professor, lecturer, author and adjudicator. Upon graduating with three degrees in music from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, he received a scholarship from the Polish Government to study piano at the Krakow Academy of Music. He received his Masters in piano from Louisiana State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with a minor concentration in ethnomusicology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Oscar has performed extensively in his native Argentina, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Mexico, and the USA, at notable locations such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Teacher’s College at Columbia University, Steinway Hall, and the Donnell Library in New York, the Querceto International Piano Festival in Italy, and the National Conservatory in Argentina. Recently, his live performance in the esteemed Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center has been broadcast on radio and television.
Although he is a passionate performer of Latin American music, Oscar's repertoire includes a diversity of musical styles and composers of all periods, from Soler to Piazzolla and Bolcom. He enjoys research activities, and has presented lecture recitals at international conferences such as the Second International Vernacular Conference in Puebla, Mexico (selected the Outstanding Musical Presentation); The European Piano Teachers Association in Serbia; The International Council for Traditional Music in Brazil. Nationally, his presentations have been at the Piano Pedagogy Forum, the College Music Society, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. His book, The Tango in American Piano Music, Selected Tangos by Thomson, Copland, Barber, Jaggard, Biscardi and Bolcom, is scheduled to be published in 2009, by the College Music Society series, Cultural Expressions in Music.
Oscar Macchioni has been recognized by many prestigious national and international organizations. He has been sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (Fellow Graduate Student, Summer 2000), the Polish Government, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Leschetizky Association of New York. Most recently, he received the Music Teachers National Association StAr Award, and was named "Distinguished Graduate Student" by the University of Arizona Music Advisory Board. In 2003, Dr. Macchioni joined the faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso.