Bo Ties (pronounced teece) is originally from Southeastern Minnesota. He took piano lessons from an early age until 8th grade though he never really delved too deeply into classical music. After a four year hiatus from lessons, playing for his own enjoyment, he decided he needed to be a pianist. He began his formal training in classical music as a college freshman and never looked back. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance (2009) at Winona State University studying with Dr. Deanne Mohr. He then moved south to complete an M.A. in Piano Performance (2011) and a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (2018) at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Uriel Tsachor. In August 2018, Dr. Ties joined the faculty at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. He remains an active performer, teacher, and presenter.
His musical specialty includes late 19th/early 20th-century French composers: Debussy, Ravel, Faure, and Franck. The best aspects of these composers were combined in the little-known composer, Gabriel Dupont. After spending several years researching Dupont’s life and music, Ties performed both of Dupont’s larger suites for solo piano, La Maison dans les dunes, and Les Heures dolentes in recitals at the University of Iowa. His doctoral thesis featured an essay about Dupont and a studio recording of both suites and two earlier sets of pieces never yet recorded: Deux airs de ballet and Feuillets d’album. The double CD was released by MSR classics [MS 1699] in October 2018. He then collaborated with soprano, Rachel Joselson, to record a forthcoming album of Dupont’s songs for voice and piano.