PAMELA HOWLAND is a gifted American pianist, Steinway Artist, and 2017-2018 U.S. Fulbright Scholar who breathes life and vitality into classical music for audiences of any age or background. Vivacious, imaginative, sensitive and just a trifle unconventional, she is that rare classically trained performing artist who thrives as an entertainer.
Her passion for promoting classical music has led her to develop a unique style of performance which allows her audiences to go away educated and entertained, feeling they have learned something about themselves as well as the music. (Pamela Howland…on a fascinating musical journey – Fred Child, host of “Performance Today” on American Public Media).
Trained at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature, she has appeared from coast to coast in the United States as both soloist and chamber musician. She spent the summer of 2016 touring Poland, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, and returns in February 2017 to perform 4 different concerts at the 8th edition of the Chopin Birthday Concerts festival held at the Nowy Swiat Muzyki..
Other touring includes selection as a North Carolina Touring Artist from 2002-2007(NC Arts Council), and a tour of Colombia, South America in 1985. Career highlights include featured return engagements in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw (with tours in 2012, 2013, and 2014), live solo appearances on National Public Radio broadcasts in Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina, and concerto appearances with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Charlotte Repertory Orchestra, and Wake Forest University Orchestra.
As a long-time educator, Howland has held numerous faculty positions (piano and music history) in New York (Monroe Community College), Minnesota (Winona State University), and North Carolina (UNC School of the Arts, Salem College, UNC-Greensboro), and Wake Forest University, where she had an appointment as assistant professor of music for many years (both regular and adjunct), before leaving in 2014 to pursue international performing opportunities.
Howland’s thirteen CDs reflect her eclectic tastes, from standard solo classical music to Christmas tunes, from African-American spirituals to a combination of French poetry and music - and now includes her Beatles arrangements. In addition, she has nearly 300,000 monthly listeners on SPOTIFY, and her version of Chopin's "Farewell Waltz, has well over 10 MILLION listens to date!
Her latest, PAMELA HOWLAND MEETS THE BEATLES was released in September, 2015 (Howland reimagines the songs as delicate, passionate instrumentals, bringing a somber energy to “In My Life”… rescuing “The Long and Winding Road” from Phil Spector’s overproduction on the Beatles’ hit version, stripping the tune down to its sweet understated essence – Winston-Salem Journal.
Pamela Howland has had a long love affair with Chopin, and become a specialist on his music and life. In 2009 she premiered her original one-woman show/concert REMEMBERING FREDERIC: A Musical Conversation between Chopin and George Sand at the Graz Chopina piano festival in Warsaw, at the invitation of Jarek Cholodecki. What began as one’s musician’s desire to create an unusual classical music/theatre performance in celebration of Chopin’s 200th birthday has led to many enthusiastically acclaimed performances (Pamela Howland weaves a special magic…I was spellbound and enchanted - Rosemary Harris, Award winning actress of stage, screen, and television).
Subsequently, she created her documentary film, REMEMBERING FREDERIC: The Genius of Chopin.Premiered at the RiverRun International Film Festival in 2012, it is the story of Howland’s search as a pianist to bring the world, music, and relationships of Frederic Chopin to life for modern audiences.(Howland is elegant in appearance, in her playing, and as a voice-over…fast-paced…succinct interviews, short musical clips…lovely…images of portraits, and of buildings and monuments in France and Poland – Music Media Monthly).
She first visited Warsaw in 2006 when she came to Poland with her family to find the birthplace of her grandfather. Howland has returned numerous times since that life changing visit, for trips featuring her performances for the U.S. Department of State/American Embassy, Belgian Embassy, and World Music Day in Warsaw, 2013–where she was given the “thumbs up” from Sir Paul McCartney, as she was playing in front of the Church of the Holy Cross (the church which holds Chopin's heart).