- B.A., Political Science, with a Music Minor, California State University, Fullerton
Adjunct Professor, Improvisation
Pianist and composer Ron Kobayashi has performed with a variety of musical artists including Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Margaret Whiting, Peter White, Najee, Eric Marienthal and comedian Bob Saget. For five years Ron served as musical director for the Hollywood Diversity Awards where such stars as Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson and George Lopez were honored. Ron has made numerous television appearances including on The Johnny Yune Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, American Stars and Life After with Jackée Harry. In 1992 Ron performed for President Bill Clinton.
Ron's Trio (with Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums) has been together for more than 25 years playing festivals and clubs throughout California, New York, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. They have recorded five CDs and one DVD to date, receiving airplay around the world and reaching Top 10 status on KAWC Radio in Arizona. Original compositions from the Trio's discs were used in the motion picture Sam and Janet starring Gary Busey. The Trio was voted “Best Jazz” in Orange County, California by readers of the OC Weekly in 1996 and was nominated for “Best Jazz Group” in Orange County in 2012 at the Orange County Music Awards. In 2005 Ron was awarded “Role Model and Inspiration for Asian Americans in the Field of Music” by the Orange County Asian Business Association.
Ron has been a music educator for more than 30 years. He currently teaches at the Orange County High School of the Arts and Vanguard University (both in Orange County, Calif.) and Biola University (in La Mirada, Calif.). Ron has also been a clinician at numerous Jazz festivals and public lectures.