John Boonenberg is a highly versatile, prize-winning pianist who has performed both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. His awards include the Grand Prize at the 2001 International Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Piano Competition, 1st prize in the 2000 Piano Arts National Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the 2007 Poland International Music Festival Piano Competition, 2nd prize in the 2005 Society for Musical Arts Young Artist Competition, as well as first prizes in numerous MTNA and MMTA competitions. He has appeared in solo recital and as concerto soloist in Germany, Poland, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Italy, and across the United States. He has participated in festivals including the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany, the Prague International Piano Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, the Poland International Music Festival in Naleczow, Poland, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.
Dr. Boonenberg’s kaleidoscopic musical activities are a direct outgrowth of how he views music itself – as an all-encompassing and joyously complete human endeavor. A passionate collaborative musician, Boonenberg was a founding member of the Amadeus Piano Trio starting at the age of eleven and continuing for many years thereafter. Other special projects have included performances of the complete piano trios of Haydn, complete violin sonatas of Brahms, Messiaen’s monumental Quartet for the End of Time, numerous song cycles of Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, and many others. He also maintains an active involvement in early music, performing regularly on harpsichord, organ, and fortepiano, and having sung professionally with the celebrated Bach Choir at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in NYC. His work in the field of contemporary music includes several years performing as a founding member of Warped Consort, a new music group at the University of Michigan, and performances with Ensemble dal Niente in New York City. In 2014, he became the 39th pianist of the historically acclaimed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.
Besides an active performance schedule, Dr. Boonenberg is also a sought-after conductor, vocal coach, and clinician. He has conducted much of the Bach cantata repertoire, and has coached opera and art song at several prestigious music festivals, including serving as faculty at the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Maiori, Italy. He is also active in his local MTNA chapter, and remains committed to music education at all levels. Dr. Boonenberg holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Logan Skelton, Robert McDonald and Mary Siciliano. He currently holds the positions of Director of Music at Guardian Lutheran Church & School and Director of Choirs and Bands at Lutheran High School Westland, both in Michigan.