Po Sim Head

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"Po Sim Head makes a persuasive case for these composers and their music in her colourful and thoughtful performance."

Interlude Magazine

Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Po Sim Head is a pianist, educator, and musicologist who has a strong passion for discovering lesser-known piano repertoire from Latin America. Head received a doctorate degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Kansas under the instruction of Scott McBride Smith. Her thesis introduced a few piano compositions written by a Peruvian composer Francisco Pulgar-Vidal, some of which are included on her Navona Records release. Prior to her doctorate degree, Head received her master’s degrees in piano performance and musicology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and production at Hong Kong Baptist University.  

Head has been active in academia as a speaker and writer at various conferences, such as the Music Teacher National Association (2022), NCKP (2021), Kansas Music Teacher Association (2020), and College Music Society (2019). She is also a writer for the online magazine Interlude.hk. She works to discover and promote the work of lesser-known musicians. She also has a strong passion for piano pedagogy; to that end, she has established a website providing teaching resources for young piano teachers and students.

She has over 20 years of teaching experience with students from all over the world. Her students are active participants in piano recitals, festivals, and competitions.  She is in demand as a judge in local and international competitions and an active member of local music teacher associations coordinating local music events. 

In addition to her busy schedule between researching, writing, and teaching, Head is also active in performing on stage. Her performing footsteps include Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States.


Between the Andes & the Amazon

Between the Andes & the Amazon

Release Date: July 28, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6534
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Latin America is renowned for its many dances – the tango, salsa, bachata, merengue, samba, to name but a few – and it's thus not surprising that the same rhythmic intricacy and emotive depth dwells in its piano music. Hong-Kong-born pianist and musicologist Po Sim Head presents two Latin American composers, the Peruvian Francisco Pulgar-Vidal as well as Ecuadorian Blanca Layana Gómez, and performs their rich works with great verve and precision. The pieces selected for BETWEEN THE ANDES & THE AMAZON are imbued with their composers' respective cultural heritage and eclectic style: blending influences of Peruvian folk music with atonality, Latin polyrhythms with European counterpoint, and musical forms such as the sonata with elements of local dance and song.