James Boyk Concerts & Master-Classes
Internationally-Known Recording Artist
Pianist in Residence at California Institute of Technology, 1974-2004

"It took me up to Heaven." –Concert audience member
"An unforgettable experience." –Master-class participant

25th-anniversary recital as Caltech Pianist in Residence
25th-anniversary recital as Pianist in Residence, California Institute of Technology.


James Boyk Concerts and Master Classes: Video and Audio

James Boyk's Live Concert Albums



James Boyk's performances garner ovations from audiences; and his live concert recordings, the warmest praise from reviewers, for instance—
  • "Boyk plays the very devil out of this sonata." –USA
  • "Something to cherish." –USA
  • "Unbelievably precise, his musical concept extraordinarily definite." –Hungary
  • "James Boyk, genius...." –France
  • "An outstanding pianist endowed with remarkable feeling for the music's innermost emotions." –Sweden
  • "Boyk's superb interpretation of Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue...brought tears to my eyes and sent a chill down my spine." –Australia

Recent Programs

Tonalities of Emotion

  • Bach: Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue, BWV 903
  • Chopin: Fantasy-Impromptu, Opus 66
  • Schubert: Moments Musicaux, Opus 94
  • Debussy: Reflets dans l'Eau (Reflections in the Water)
  • Mozart: Sonata in A Minor, K. 310.

The Eternal Piano

  • Scarlatti: Two Sonatas: A minor, K. 3; C Major, K. 513
  • Victor Steinhardt: 18 Pieces in the Form of a Limerick
  • Brahms: Four Pieces, Opus 119
  • Prokofiev: Sonata No. 8, Opus 84.

Prokofiev's "War Sonatas"
Written simultaneously—not sequentially—during WW II, and conceived as a "mega-sonata," these works–fiery and passionate, tragic and electrifying, despairing, sensual and sardonic–are a landmark of music literature. James Boyk may be the only pianist who offers all three on one program. A test for pianist and audience alike, but an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

  • Prokofiev Sonata No. 6, Op. 82
  • Prokofiev Sonata No. 7, Op. 83
  • Prokofiev Sonata No. 8, Op. 84


  • Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
  • Franck: Prélude, Chorale and Fugue
  • Schubert: Sonata in B flat, Opus Posthumous, D. 960.

Heights of Excitement

  • Schubert: Impromptus, Opus 90
  • Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Opus 126
  • Prokofiev: Seventh Piano Sonata, Opus 83.




See videos and audio of James Boyk teaching and his students playing. Also see pictures below, and the description of the unique sessions James Boyk gave weekly for 30 years as Pianist in Residence at California Institute of Technology. Visitors from many countries, and Caltech students and faculty, who went off to posts all over the world, agreed that these sessions embodied a uniquely powerful approach to music for both experienced musicians and novices.


At Univ. of Toledo, working with Ms. Jennifer Markwood, student of Frances Renzi
Master Class, University of Toledo (Ohio); with pianist Jennifer Markwood.


Master class at Longy School
Master Class at Longy School of Music, Cambridge, Mass; with pianist Jee Yeon Yim.


Colloquium at MIT Media Lab
At MIT Media Lab, a talk on "Piano Sound On Both Sides of the Microphone."


Master class at USC
Master Class at University of Southern California; with violist Luke Maurer.



James Boyk Concerts and Master Classes: Video and Audio

James Boyk's Live Concert Albums


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