Augusta Gross’s music focuses on internal experiences in a spare, yet incisive way. Her pieces, while often contemplative and impressionistic, can also display a rhythmic inventiveness that incorporate jazz idioms. Her music also reflects classical harmonic influences of such composers like Satie and Debussy.
Part of a family that combined a passion for piano music with the pursuit of professional work in a variety of areas, for many years she continued the pattern, combining her music career while being a practicing psychologist. A pianist since early age, she returned to the keyboard in 2001 and has been composing ever since.
She traces her longstanding interest in music to her curiosity about the nature of communicating emotional meaning through nonverbal means. She finds the piano to be a marvelous interpreter of emotional expression. The art of communication and its inherent power to connect is always central to her pursuits.