Performer-scholar Pheaross Graham is a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Through extensive performance analysis and historical meditation, his dissertation considers how culturally and racially marginalized concert pianists have carved musical space for themselves in sounded interpretations and projected personas. Considerably drawing upon his background as an active classical pianist, he unites theory with praxis. He enjoys presenting his research at international conferences and performing on stage in solo and collaborative contexts. His prior education includes baccalaureate and advanced degrees in performance, musicology, and science from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Irvine, and UCLA. He received additional education at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Tanglewood Institute. Mr. Graham maintains a private piano studio and works with budding students of talent. At UCLA, he has taught a wide variety of music history courses and was presented the Department of Musicology Distinguished Teaching Award for his classroom success. Further awards include the prestigious Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and grants from the UCLA Arts Initiative and UCLA Center for Musical Humanities, among others.

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