Patricia Goodson, pianist

American pianist Patricia Goodson is active as a solo recitalist, recording artist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. Her playing, has been praised by critics as 'powerful and seductive' and 'breathtakingly virtuosic' .

Her most recent CD, "Shadows Across the Water", of solo and chamber works by New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, was released to great acclaim on Rattle Records in 2018. Other recent recordings include the piano concerto and solo variations of Scottish/Czech composer Geraldine Mucha on the ArcoDiva label.  An additional CD featuring Mucha`s solo piano works is slated for release in 2018.

In 2013, Brilliant Classics released her recording of the complete solo piano works of Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster.  Only five of the 70 pieces had been commercially recorded, so the four CD set filled a significant gap, and the project, partially supported by a successful Kickstarter proposal, earned high praise. 

Her recordings for Czech Radio and Czech Television include works by Vlastislav Matoušek, Joseph Adamík, Hanuš Barton and others. 

Ms. Goodson has lived full-time in Prague since 1991. She works actively with contemporary composers, and has had many pieces written especially for her.  Her broad repertoire encompasses music by Czech composers of all periods such as Fibich, Suk, Tomášek, Janácek, Foerster, Fišer, Kapr, Loudová, Matoušek and Dvorák as well as masterworks from the standard repertoire.  

In addition to her performing career, Ms Goodson  designed music and sound effects for very early Atari home and arcade video games. She wrote about classical music for the Prague Post and other publications, and wrote and co-hosted "Encore",  a show about Czech classical music for Radio Prague for several years.  She remains active as a voice-over artist. She also organized the Music Now Prague festival of Czech and American contemporary music in the 1990`s, and the Jiné Pohledy festival in 2012.       

Ms. Goodson received her education at Duke University (BA, magna cum laude) and at the Peabody Conservatory (MM). She currently serves on the piano faculty of New York University in Prague.  She was co-founder and until 2016 co-director of the Geraldine Mucha musical archive. 

She lives in Prague with her husband, Ivan Karhan, owner of the Rocking Horse Toy Shop, and their dog Ollie.